Poppy 'Drama Queen':
Heh. I wait weeks and weeks for a flower from poppy 'Drama Queen', and just as it opens, the entire plant falls over and disappears from view behind the peony. Heh!
Aloe polyphylla last autumn:
I assumed I'd killed yet another Aloe polyphylla last fall (is this the third or the fourth?). It looked great for a year or more, then suddenly looked terminal. What were those black areas all about? I lifted it from the pot, discovering with horror but not surprise that it had only one living root, and that sole surviving root barely a half inch (1 cm) long. As a last effort, I gave it a spot in the ground on a steep slope of light silt in an area that is full shade in winter, and mostly shade in summer. A leaky hose set above trickles water down to it, mimicking the frequent snow melt that A. polyphylla lives on in nature. And...
Aloe polyphylla today:
A firm tug doesn't move it. The leaves are plump and firm. It may have grown roots. I think it has more leaves than it did last fall. What do you think? Does it look better?
Did I not kill it yet? I have to remember that it needs to get through summer before I become over confident.