Just when I thought the news couldn't get any uglier, this week it did. I won't rehash the rant included in my last post but suffice it to say that I spent a lot of time in my garden this week. It's not a cure for anger, frustration and grief but it helps. I didn't tackle any big projects but I took care of little ones that had been pestering me, most of which involved end-of-spring cleanup. Memorial Day, honoring the men and women who died in military service, is observed in the US on the last Monday of May. That day has also become the unofficial start of summer here.
I didn't take any "before" photos but here are some "after" shots showing the results of my tidying up in the back garden.
|This Arbutus 'Marina' (one of 4) had dropped piles of leaf litter over the succulents beneath it and I finally performed the difficult dance cleaning that up (for now). I also trimmed back the dead lower branches of the Melianthus major.|
In addition to corralling leaves on the north end of the back garden, I performed a similar cleanup on the lower level of the front garden and nearby in the street side succulent bed.
|This slope is steeper than it may look and leaves from the massive Arbutus "Marina' above get stuck in every nook and cranny between the succulents|
|The 2 tree-sized Auranticarpa rhombifolium also drop gobs of leaves in this very dry area near the property line. More dropped between my initial sweep of the area and taking this photo. There's a big empty space I need to fill too. Thus far, even the Agave pups I've tried here have struggled to survive. I think I'm going to try an olla watering approach to support the next plant I place in this spot.|
I finally got around to pulling the self-seeded bunny tail grass in my south side succulent bed too.
|I didn't sow any bunny tail grass (Lagurus ovatus) seed this year but last year's nearby plants chose to self-seed all through this succulent bed. I saved a handful of the seedheads I pulled as they're perfect for dry flower arrangements.|
I've still got cleanup to do in my north side garden, where the leaves of the guava tree litter the succulents below but this weekend I'll be giving priority to cleaning up the cutting garden to get rid of the cool season plants that are well past their prime.
In addition to spending time with good friends on Thursday afternoon, I've taken time to appreciate the fleeting blooms that aren't likely to be around on Bloom Day in June. Here's what caught my eye:
|Planted last fall, Iris germanica 'Gypsy Lord' enjoyed a brief moment of glory|
|I planted 10 bulbs of Sprekelia formosissima (aka Aztec lily) earlier this year. Just one made an appearance. I seem to remember seeing these flowers in posts from Texas bloggers later in the year so perhaps I'll see more of them this fall.|
|Gladiolus nanus 'Nymph' seemed to disappear for a few years before paying me a return visit|
Best wishes for a safe and restful weekend.
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