Friday, January 22, 2016
Still waiting for El Nino to arrive. Northern California's getting rain and snow--up north, the snow pack is at 121%-156% of normal (great news!) while our local rainfall still lags at 51% of normal. El Nino remains El Noshow here, though scientists still believe it will arrive...eventually. Rose pruning in the meantime.
Dr. Retina gave me the all-clear to garden on Tuesday morning, so plenty got done on Tuesday and Wednesday. Wednesday night, while I was engaged in the vigorous, high-exertion activity of sitting on the couch watching "Guardians Of The Galaxy", the eye had another "event", so once again, gardening is verboten. Once again, relegated to planning, not planting.
I really like 'Jude The Obscure', but it's coming out of the Fall Project area in favor of tough, xeric Maireana sedifolia, picked up at the Huntington for less than $5. Too hot a spot for Jude anyway--his canes were always scorched.
Aloe vanbalenii looks distinctly unscorched at the moment. He greened up with the 3+" of rain we got in early January, which now feels like a long, long time ago.
I didn't get a chance to move the little Magnolia stellata 'Royal Star' before the eye crashed again. I thought about putting it here, in front of the trellis.
On the other side of the wall and other side of the path is probably the best spot for it, but these roses are long-established and good performers--I don't want to disturb them.
On the other side of the path? Too close to the house, probably. Any of this stuff is re/movable, though.
There will be time to mull over the choices, while the eye heals up again, but not a lot of time, since the Magnolia will start waking up soon.
'Belinda's Dream' rose, ready for 2016:
Where are you El Nino? Must you be El Noshow? It would be so easy to sit idle while rain pours down outside, instead of being forced to do so by an errant eye, once again about as red as one of these 'Prospero' blooms, but not nearly as pretty.
I hope your weather is more satisfactory than mine, but feel free to complain. It's what weather is for.