I must avoid heavy exertion for at least another week, so the eye heals properly. So this week only small plants are being pulled or moved for The Project. The big patch of Iris 'Paprika Fonos' removed--a dozen or so saved and replanted elsewhere. If they bloom this spring, great.
I'm still adding to the previous Fall Project. I never did do a "reveal" post because nothing has grown--that durn drought again. Everything up on that slope is just hanging on. What that area needs is a good rainy winter to set everything growing. In the meantime, we wait, and avoid looking. I had impulse-bought a pair of Leucadendron 'Pom Pom' and planted one up there in violation of the design. 'Pom Pom' grew most of the summer, then died suddenly during our particularly brutal October heat wave. More water would have helped, but it didn't get that. On a different slope with better irrigation, the other 'Pom Pom' is doing well. According to the design, what should have planted in the first place was a red grassy Cordyline, either 'Festival Grass' or 'Design A Line Burgundy'. Now there is: planted 'Burgundy':
I bought two Grevillea 'Superb' for the current project, as the airy-shrubby component against the wall. I admit it, an impulse buy yet again: when will I learn? 'Superb', mature, has a rounded or haystack shape to it, and I am unsure if it will work next to the wall. Now I am imagining Maireana sedifolia (zero water required) against the wall instead. There is space for two 'Superb's near Aloe thraskii at the back of the driveway.
An Agave titanota 'White Ice' (circled in red) came home along with the 'Superb's and the Cordyline. It went on the front slope, to create a titanota trio (red arrows). I have one more precious wonderful Agave gypsophila 'Ivory Curls' offset to place where the green "X" is, as soon as it grows a root system. Another 'Ivory Curls' is establishing in a patch of shade (green arrow), to make another trio. The original 'Ivory Curls' is just out of the frame to the left. Planted last week, Aloe capitata var quartzicola (blue circle) agrees with the silver/blue color scheme. Planted a month or two ago, very silvery Aloe dhufarensis (half circled by rocks) has grown some new leaves already, so I'm assuming it likes where it is. What I learned and now know for sure, is that on a slope, you put the watering basin just above the plant, on the uphill side--gravity does the rest. Below the plant, and gravity does too much.