A Showery Sunday
Above, 50%-off-after-Christmas Hippeastrum about to open in the far lower left. This is the area of the garden I've christened "Proteana".
A showery Sunday. I started removing (finally) some of the grass-infested Dymondia, but off-and-on rain moved in. It's tedious, dirty work, so I've been finding ways to avoid it for months. I wandered around and took photos instead.
You can see how much the Dymondia has invaded the planting bed. At the top of the empty dug out space, barely visible, is the black edging that did nothing much to keep the Dymondia in check. But it's okay: the out-of-bounds Dymondia can be used to replant the grass-contaminated sections. Digging out this extremely dense groundcover is arduous work. However, removing the grass from the dense Dymondia has proven impossible.
Aloe greatheadii has impressive blooming stems due to this season's generous rain
Short plant, tall inflorescence
Aloe marlothii flowers just started to open. They are at their best at this moment, just before the warblers and orioles begin to pick off all the flowers and fly away with them.
Through a screen formed by the Dasylirion
Flower stems appearing on Aloe (Kumara) plicatilis! It's not the most generous bloomer, but that's fine.
The overcast sky made for beautiful foliage color
Dasylirion leaf tips dripping rain onto a lone Aloe ellenbeckii stem. The blurred background foliage is another clump of Aloe greatheadii and Opuntia microdaysis (wavy-leaved form).
Aloe dhufarensis has developed some fungal spots, but the plant seems happy enough. The leaves are perhaps four times as thick as they were this past summer, swollen with stored water.
I've been pulling a lot of weeds this winter. The Cercis seedlings have really tapered off compared to three or four ago, but all the rain has brought more up. I removed the Cercis back in 2012. The seedlings quickly form a long tough tap root, so I pull them at size extra-tiny.
Leucadendron 'Blush' began with yellow bracts, bracts which have been gradually blushing red. So that's why they called it 'Blush'.
Echeveria agavoides has begun to flower. By simple dumb luck, the colors of the stems and flowers (coral, orange, red, yellow, pink), match the flower colors of nearby Grevillea 'Superb'. That makes it look like I know what I'm doing.
I was angling to get a photo of the inevitable two hummingbirds that feed from 'Superb' all day long, one on either side of the plant so they don't see each other, but realized there were more birds present. This has to be the most bird-popular plant in the garden. Is that an Orange-crowned Warbler? It licks nectar from the flowers. There was also a Western Scrub Jay hopping around in the shrub's interior, making it shake.
The "Dutch" Iris foliage of its own accord grew through the 'Pacific Sunset" Coprosma. Cool.
Our little Magnolia stellata 'Royal Star' has survived! I bought it three Aprils ago at 70% off, planted it initially in the wrong spot, moved it last winter and doubted its survival. Seeing the flowers appear a few days ago was a joy. Their fragrance is magic.
Going from pure icy white to near-black, Lotus jacobeus has enjoyed this cool rainy winter as much as I have. I cut it back and it has sent out new growth.
There. That was more fun than Dymondia digging. This rainy winter, destructive to other parts of the state and the country, has here been pure joy. Soon this wonderful winter will be over and the heat will return. But not today.