Composting Update/A Winter's Day

Back in August 2010 I started composting in plastic trash barrels because other methods left the material too dry to decompose rapidly.  In the past few weeks I started harvesting the compost.  (I'm not in a hurry where compost is concerned.)  Super-dooper results!
 Super dooper!

 Cool! The next experiment is to give young and under performing roses a good dose of this wonder-stuff and see if it gives them a boost.  Roses, what do you think?  

It was close to 90F (32 C) yesterday and intensely sunny besides.
Some blue eyed Osteospermum were spared the stress of direct sun:
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But poppies seemed to be on fire:
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The neighbor's sprinklers weren't doing their plants much good, but the backlit spray looked amazing.  A hot dry wind was blowing much of the water away and evaporating the rest.  
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Too hot and windy to garden.  Best to enjoy a few sights and then scurry indoors out of the wind.
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The first Aloe marlothii flowers finally opened.  The deep burgundy filaments are quite dramatic!
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Aloe capitata and Aloe vanbalenii are long finished.  They produced their first seeds, but with so many different Aloes in bloom near by, the probability that these seeds are hybrids are about...oh...100%.  Capitata's seed pods were a beautiful bronze...
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 Vanbalenii's the more typical green:
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The big Dasylirion has no problem with hot wind:
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Natasha showed she will get through life on looks alone:
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 After that it was a retreat indoors to wait out the wind and heat.  Boris relaxed with an antler.   
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Another winter's day in California. 


  1. It's been months since I heard anyone say that it was too hot to garden. I look forward to saying it myself.


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