Above Surprise: Echeveria 'Pollux' flowers are not infested with black aphids.
Surprise: the chelated iron spray is starting to work on the chlorotic Grevilleas. It's been nine days, and the difference is noticible. Wow!
Before the spray:Can you notice an improvement, or am I deluding myself?
Nine days after spray:
Surprise: last week we got a rain shower. It was just enough to wash the dust off everything, but that is a wonderful thing. Wow!
Raindrops were falling on their heads:
Surprise: an Orchid I've been unable to kill despite at least a dozen years of trying has bloomed for the first time in eleven. Wow!
How an orchid laughs at me:
Surprise: it was overcast today and I was able to garden. Wow!
Agave 'Blue Flame' which was hidden behind a clump of Aloe and beneath a Calothamnus got the prominent spot its beauty deserves.
A big clump of Aeonium urbicum was removed...
...and 'Blue Flame' planted next to Yucca 'Color Guard', which I dug out a few years ago. 'Color Guard' which is so beautiful in other gardens is not good here. Uninvited with a shovel, it returned from a root. 'Mr Ripple' behind the Yucca gets very large and will take all that empty space, plus the Limonium's space on the left. It can have the Yucca's space as well. 'Blue Flame' will grow towards the concrete curb. Aloe 'Moonglow', now rooted, is a candidate for placement where "x" marks the spot:
Surprise: while planting 'Blue Flame', I spotted a flower stem emerging from Aloe fosteri. Wow!
I also noticed a rose I pulled out because it was so sad, has grown back from the roots and bloomed (the peachy flower lower left). Surprise! It is currently engulfed by an airy Ratibida 'Red'.
'Samaritan', can't you save yourself?
Huh. I guess all the surprises are good. Which is a--surprise.