Saturday morning was so beautifully mild--the air was cool but not cold, the sun was warm but not hot, the air was moist but not humid, the light soft but not gloomy.
'Comtesse de Provence' on tall leafless stems--I've delayed weeks to prune this rose because several large flower buds were developing. Worth the wait?
I was feeling very tired from the shrub removal this week and was going to take the day off gardening, but it felt so good to be outside.
Planted the Phylica near 'Peaches and Cream' Grevillea--their pale yellows match.
Hoisted the stumps over the wall (carefully!), fixed the broken irrigation pipe, put the soil back where it belonged, got some of the rat's nest removed. I thought removing the nest gradually would give any residents a chance to leave unobserved. We'd all be scared by a confrontation.
Now, I'm considering removing the Leucadendron linifolium at the extreme left, to the left of the dormant Lagerstroemia. Another wonderful plant I've really enjoyed, yet I can live without it in that highly visible spot.
The newly empty space measured out at 10' (3 m) deep and 16' (4.8 m) wide. A space at least 2' wide adjacent to the wall gives me access to the top of the slope. Enough space remains for a happy 'Wilsons Wonder' Leucadendron, an Agave or Aloe or two or three, but at the same time leaving breathing room between the Leucadendron and the two trees--'Hercules' and the Lagerstroemia.
Showier Leucospermum 'Tango' would get Leucodendron linifolium's spot.
While thinking and measuring, I remembered to check the Monarch chrysalis. It was due to open.
The chrysalis starts out this green color:
After x number of days, "x" being determined by weather conditions, location, and time of year, the chrysalis changes color, darkening, becoming more blue and slightly translucent. Note the two white dots towards the bottom of the chrysalis:
I hoped to see the butterfly emerge, but focusing on the project, I was too late!
Not too late to see the butterfly, though. I was just in time to find it nearby, waiting for its wings to strengthen. Compare the pair of white dots on the chrysalis above with the white dots on the butterfly's head:
It was warm and sunny enough for the butterfly's wings to harden off successfully.
Good luck on your journey, gorgeous! It flew off, floating on a mild breeze on a mild day.
A long day of effort in the garden yields all sorts of magic.