Sunday, May 10, 2009

Weed, mulch, water. Repeat.

Images left to right, top to bottom:
Looking towards the entrance - 2 angles
Echeveria pulv-oliver

Happy day: today Leah left us a big tub of plants, and John came by with almost instant gratification: our Purple Smoketree. The sun was out, so we busily planted everything and watered for the week.

- Moved the bricks up to the bench area.
- Planted Oxalis, Viola, Cotinus coggygria (Royal Purple Smoketree), Melianthus major (Honeybush), Chrysanthemum.
- Moved 3 ferns (Didymochlaena truncatula) and 2 Clivias to deeper shade.
- Weeded, mulched, watered (the never-ending triad of tasks.)

It seems like we should be running out of space for new plants, but really, when you look at all the daffodils (and remember how they will die down soon) there's a lot of space to fill!

We need a drought-tolerant ground cover for under the ornamental cherries for those between-crocus-and-daffs times. We have a patch near the evergreens that's empty, one by the steps and another by the trellis. Where the bricks used to be needs a soft (not spiky), extremely dog-and-drought-resistant shrub. We're on the hunt...

Images left to right, top to bottom:
Rose of unknown sort
Arctotis stoechadifolia "Pink Sugar" (African Daisy)
Trailing Ice Plants (Lampranthus spectabilis) and Agave

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