Sunday, January 31, 2010

Daffodil sighted!

The heavy rains of the last couple weeks are over for a while - I think we were supposed to get 8" and it felt like that happened.

Matt and I went out briefly to do some work. Here's what we got accomplished:

We planted an Octopus Agave (A. vilmoriniana) that John gave us (naughty John... you should have kept it!) on the cactus wall. We removed a somewhat ordinary Opuntia, a Crassula ovata (Jade Plant) and a regular blue Agave americana to make room - when this one gets big it will have a primo spot now, and I'm excited to add some new Agave species to the garden.

We placed an Opuntia subulata (Cane Cholla) behind the Octopus Agave for some vertical action, and pulled a Cotyledon orbiculata var. oblongata  to the front of the bed to fill in there. Before and after pics above. Try to imagine the Agave much, much bigger...

We also swapped out two plants in the left bed: a Dodonaea viscosa (Purple Hopseed Bush) and a Euonymus "Emerald 'N' Gold" - the taller one into the middle of the bed, the shorter to the front. Then I planted two Yellow-flowering Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa) "Hello Yellow" in the left bed.

Finally we weeded around the Aloes in the left bed at the bottom of the steps.They're flowering now, and look great, even though they are small!

Oh, and the first daffodil is flowering! Yay! :)

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