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Autumn Foliage, Southern California Version

Leucadendron 'Ebony'  displaying Southern California's version of autumn foliage
It has finally cooled off enough to garden again here in Southern California.  I've been pulling out victims of two months of terrible heat--the Leucadendron in the above photo, as well as the Grevillea 'Royal Fanfare' which looked happy in spring but did not survive the heat.  Two choice plants.  Ouch. 
Some of the Pittosporums also suffered--one of the P. tenuifolium 'Wrinkled Blue's had several branches die.  I spent yesterday cutting them out. There, the center-left one.  Looks a bit better now.  There's still a few dead bits that need to come out.  
The four 'Tasman Ruffles' P. tenuifolium to the right look very bad, much worse than in the photo.  The long drought of 2011-2016 damaged them and they lost their health and beauty.  They should be lusciously dense, not scraggly.  Remove and replace with new copies?  Replace with something else?  Cut back hard, to…

The Start Of March


Ugly Trees

What's Going To Die Tonight?

Succulent Stairs

The Element Of Surprise

How Many Canes Should A Climbing Rose Have?

The First One On The Block

Gardener Takes Own Advice, Shocked To Find It Helpful

No Bye Bye After All, And New Yuccas

Bye Bye Bougie

A Handy Little Tool For The Succulent Gardener

Bulbine latifolia and Calothamnus villosus