Saturday, April 6, 2019

Yuccathon!

Yucca "Silver Star"
Today's volunteer day was wonderful. The crew planted a dozen new yuccas at PRG and PG, the weather was great, and we welcomed some new faces to the mix.

Matt started off at PRG, planting lovely big specimens. He put in an Agave malpisaga "Lisa" which is one of the biggest Agaves in the world. This beauty will reach 15' wide eventually. He gave it plenty of room to grow.

He also planted 3 more Yucca aloifolias, and moved 3 Yucca  guatemalensis as well, to better spots.

Yucca rigida (Blue Yucca)
At PG, I was joined by John, Aditi, Chris, Josh, Katsura, Leslie, Marie and Katerina. The plan was to plant all the remaining large Yuccas, and weed as much as possible.

Marie, Katerina and Katsura started on the area by the bench, and carefully stripped weeds from the whole area. We added wood chips when that was done, and the result is absolutely lovely now.

Bench cleared, courtesy of these guys!
Meanwhile, John and Josh were busy planting three lovely and quite large Yucca "Silver Star" up in the top bed. The ground there is pretty rocky, but they made it happen - not without expending quite a lot of sweat I have to say. Well done chaps!

Chris and I
Chris worked on planting three stunning Yucca rigida (Blue Yucca) up at the top area too. This is a new Yucca for us, and quite gorgeous. 

A vast quantity of wood chips had to be moved to make it happen though, and Josh was called in for reinforcements after a while. The weather was pretty warm and the work was nonstop!


Leslie
Leslie worked away deep in the brights bed, clearing weeds around our Cussonia, which will really help it thrive, and I moved between projects hauling weeds and wood chips.

Whew - a lot of work done. Well done team!




Monday, April 1, 2019

Spring has sprung!

Echium fastuosum
Last weekend Matt and I headed to the garden to get some plants planted and assess the weed situation. The Echiums are flowering in their gorgeous blue now - go check 'em out! The bees love them.

Wow - have the weeds gone crazy at PG! Some of the pathways are really tricky to get through because weeds have almost cut them off.

Lomandra longifolia
"Platinum Beauty"
We got to work and cleared one particularly bad area, removing 8 huge tubtrugs of weeds there alone. You can see the difference in the before and after picture.

Matt planted three Lomandra longifolia "Platinum Beauty" in the middle front bed, and as very drought tolerant plants, I'm hopeful they will do well there. This is a new genus for us, and while it looks like a grass it's actually not. Hm, how does that work?

According to San Marcos Growers, "Matt Rush is a common name for Lomandra, a genus with 50 species of tufted dioecious perennial herbs with long narrow blade-like leaves that arise from a central stemless base (acaulescent) and have thick woody rhizomes and fibrous roots. Flower inflorescences are cymes, panicles or spikes with male and female flowers on separate plants with both sexes of flowers looking fairly similar."

Check out the before an after pics, and join us next weekend for our monthly volunteer day: let's get rid of some weeds!
 
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