Above, a Daylily that didn't make it into the Daylily post.
May Grey continues; so does gardening. Once it really heats up, (hopefully not until the first week in July), the only gardening activity becomes watering and sitting in the shade watching everything out in the sun shrivel. Work must be done now, or a lot later--mid October.
The area in the back gully that started out so nicely has deteriorated badly. Not entirely my fault--a lot of the problem, besides the drought, are the tall trees overhanging the area from the neighbor's property, dropping lots of litter, large branches, and shading the 'Marjorie Channon' Pittosporum hedge.
I'd put up an inexpensive pergola on paver blocks recycled from another area, as a temporary feature and sitting area. The pergola is now falling apart--what to do? A new, durable pergola?
There was a rose upon it, a climbing 'Kaiserin Auguste Viktoria'. A lovely, lovely rose, but it never thrived, despite steady water, fertilizer, encouragement. As part of a start towards doing something about this area, I dug up the rose. It could be moved if the root system looked healthy, or trashed. Yep, yet another victim of crown gall. Doomed. Trash.
There was also a Clematis 'Bourbon' growing with it--the Clematis was not diseased and therefore movable.
It bloomed back in March:
Digging revealed 'Bourbon' had actually formed multiple plants with multiple separate, or almost separate, root systems.
And a whole new cluster of stems (those pale sticks in the center of the photo) preparing to emerge!
After division, I planted part on the trellis that once supported a 'Sombreuil' rose, and the rest by the climbing 'Iceberg' rose that has a dreadful looking base I've been working to hide all spring. Yes, it is better to move a Clematis when it is dormant--didn't get to it this past winter. I put another Salvia 'Amistad' nearby that will also hide the base of the rose, when it grows, hopefully fast and soon.
All of the work of digging out the rose and clematis had to be done with a paranoid attitude, because there was a California Whipsnake watching me from 'Windermere' rose.
No, you can't see it, but it was in there, staring at me. And no, I'm not going to get close enough to a snake for a photo.
While not venomous, Masticophis lateralis can deliver a nasty bite, and their favorite prey are the lizards I adore, the little bug-eating machines. Please leave. Please.
Setting aside that mess for now, a look at the Leucospermum ten weeks after it began to bloom. The brilliant yellow flowers are now fading to a softer color.
Some of the flowers were falling--rabbits biting them off? A closer examination revealed they are simply falling off on their own. New growth has suddenly sprouted, too--its the lighter green foliage here:
Each cone has a few seeds. Leucospermum means "white seed", and the seeds do have a whitish outer coat.
You know that moment in the garden when you are doing a tedious job, and you happen to look up and see a flash of beauty that interrupts everything else, that makes the tedium so worth it?
Here's the blog post version, Lavender 'Provence':
And no Masticophis lateralis are staring.