In my part of the world, fall is the very best time to plant. The soil is still warm but air temperatures are cooler so plants can develop good roots underground without getting stressed above ground. Combined with the prospect of rain, conditions couldn't be better. My area doesn't experience freezes so there's no risk in that regard.
I've been on a plant buying spree.
|This is what I brought home from Seaside Gardens last Saturday|
|and this is what I brought home from Terra Sol on the same trip|
I've made a few trips to my local garden center too. And I'm expecting a mail order delivery today as well.
There's plenty of space for my recent purchases and more to come since I cleared the native aster (Symphyotrichum chilense) and the Liriope spicata out of the bed extending from our backyard fountain.
|Photo of the area cleared in late September|
Many of the new plants went into the bed shown in the foreground of the above photo (on the west side of the flagstone path).
|I'm going for a blue and white mix with a touch of yellow in this area but there's a lot of space yet to fill|
I hope the unidentified plant doesn't turn out to be a weed! I like its growth habit and bees love it. Many Salvias don't do well for me but Salvia 'Mystic Spires' has been an exception and, like that plant, Salvias 'White Flame' and 'Mysty' are both hybrids of Salvia longspicata x farinacea so I have high hopes for them. The agaves will take time to develop in size but the Lomanda 'Platinum Beauty' should reach mature size relatively quickly.
|These are the Lomandra 'Platinum Beauty' I have growing in the front garden after just over 2 years in the ground|
I continue to cut back and tear out plants in the back border on the east side of the flagstone path.
|This area has always had mostly blue, purple and pink flowering plants. That color scheme will probably continue, albeit with a different, more drought-tolerant mix of plants.|
Just this week, I've removed the Echium handiense 'Pride of Fuerteventura' I'd planted in 2016.
|This is one of my Echium handiense seedlings from last year. Planted in an exceptionally dry area in my street-side succulent bed, it's already grown a foot tall and wide with very little supplemental water.|
I dug up a large sweet pea shrub (Polygala myrtifolia) too.
Two plants from last weekend's shopping trip went into the vacated spots.
I'm also looking to order some more plants by mail to help fill in more of the east border, notably Melinus nerviglumis.
|Also known as ruby grass, this plant (shown here in my north side garden) stays a manageable size and looks good in and out of bloom|
Other purchases were popped into areas elsewhere in the garden.
|Correa reflexa 'Cape Nelson' found a spot in an area where the backyard border merges into the south side garden. Having lost one Correa this summer, I couldn't resist this one.|
|Mahonia 'Soft Caress' found as spot in a partial shade area between the back border and the north side garden|
|Two other plants, gifted to me by Denise of A Growing Obsession when she was reorganizing her plant collection, found spots too. Dombeya burgessiae has a partially shaded spot in one of my front borders. Sonchus palmensis, a relative of the dandelion (!) was squeezed into an area in the back garden between a Grevillea and a Melianthus. (Let the battle for space begin!)|
The mail order plants delivered today will go in this weekend, along with pile of Freesia bulbs dislodged in the process of removing the asters. Now, if we could only get some rain! There's a small chance of drizzle this weekend with a greater prospect of real rain next Monday. Fingers crossed! Best wishes for favorable weather wherever you are this weekend.
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