Progress Feels Good

All moved!
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All the plants are now out of the driveway bed:
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After the Cercis stump, digging up and moving the driveway bed plants (roses, a few Fuchsias, a Camellia) seemed less arduous than it really was.  I celebrated by painting the focal point tuteur at the end of the long stairway a girly color, lavender.  Behr's 'California Lilac'.

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It's not the right color for a Mediterranean style house, but sometimes you just need some girly color in your life.  The roses are leafing out rapidly in our heat wave:
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The buds on the Itoh peony are swelling:
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The baby oaks have new growth:
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The calendar says three weeks to spring.  In cold climates this is joy--here it is warning--complete the winter work before it is too warm and dry to do anything else except water.  I'm working, I'm working!

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  1. Job well done! And keep working pleasurably for spring is definitely just around the corner :)

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    1. Thanks! Koi season getting going for you guys soon. Enjoy!

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  2. You have done very well getting all of that work done before the heat of Summer. It has been raining here today, beautiful rain, I am looking forward to the cooler temperatures of Autumn. I like the 'lavender blue' paint, it is very pretty, also the leafy, variegated plant in the last photo, would you have the name?
    xoxoxo ♡

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    1. Thanks Dianne. That would be Beschorneria yuccoides 'Flamingo Glow', difficult to spell, easy to love!

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  3. Hooray for progress. Things are looking good in your garden!

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  4. I feel the same way about our early spate of warm weather: there's no time to waste, gotta keep moving! With temps predicted to reach 87 tomorrow, summer seems just around the corner.

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  5. Good with all work that is done, mine is really starting now! Here in London we start spring 1st March, and apart from pruning roses and picking up leaves there isn't that much to do outdoors until now. I had to look up Itoh peony, haven't heard about that before, interesting! It said it thrives in USDA Zones 5-8, London is 9a sometimes even warmer, but I can grow herbacious paeonies with no problem so should be able to grow this one. It also said it only grow to about 3', not as big as normal tree paeonies, how big is yours? Which hardiness zone are you in?

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    1. We are considered 9b, however with our suburban heat effect and being on a hill, more accurately 10a. I'm not sure if the Itoh paeony will grow long term here or not. This will be the second year. This past year it got to about 2' and did very well.

      My sister in Alaska grows stunning paeonies--if the Moose don't eat them.

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  6. Thank you dear Hoover, the plant is very beautiful. :)
    xoxoxo ♡

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    1. It is a beautiful plant. I'm thrilled with it!

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  7. I'm a little perplexed by all of the transplanting you do -- can you explain? Is there a grand plan you're working toward? I'd be interested in a whole post on this, if you're willing.

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    1. Yes, got a spring project coming up, a grand plan if you will, replanting that whole bed with succulents, so I had to move out all the roses. Will be blogging about that soon.

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  8. I love your girly tuteur! My garden is unabashedly feminine and I like it that way. :o) Looking forward to your next project post.

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