Tuesday, February 22, 2011

The rest of the long weekend

Area de-oxalis-ed
On Sunday evening we had a little garden party for the volunteers and enjoyed some wine and cupcakes and cheered on the idea that PG is 2 years old!

Kepa, Jo, Hilla, Francisca, Emily, Ryan, Matt, Jes, Susie, Nate, Tanya and Carlin joined me and we had a lovely time.

Then on Monday Matt and I had a day off so we went out and rearranged things in the front middle bed. There had been an explosion of Oxalis (evil weed) there, and it was time for them to meet their doom. I started out by moving the Crassula corymbulosa “Red Pagoda" to the front, and removing a Euphorbia myrsinites that perfomed amazingly last year, but for some reason rotted out this year.

OK, now grow!
After scouring the area of Oxalis I cleaned up the Echeveria "Blue Curls" and added a nice large Aeonium canariense (probably) that John gave us. I found an Aeonium haworthii "Kiwi" being crushed under an Aloe nearby and moved it over to the same area - hope it will come back to a nice shape soon. To add to the Aeonium collection I put a regular Aeonium haworthii in too.  A little clump of Senecio mandraliscae (Blue Chalksticks) and a rock completed the look.

In the middle back bed I weeded out an area by the Western Blue-eyed Grass (Sisyrinchium bellum) and added another donation from John - three large rooted chunks of Aeonium nobile. We're doing well on the Aeonium collection now!

Lastly I planted a group of three Penstemon eatonii "Firecracker" in the front bed to add some red color and height.

Later on Emily came by and planted her Dahlias in the red bed. We're on the lookout for a nice 3' tall shrubby plant to cover the area during winter when the Dahlias are dormant. Maybe Chasmanthes are the ticket? She also trimmed up the cardoon and weeded.

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