I Declare Fall Project 2015 Complete
A few things left to do, but complete enough. It's mulched. I already moved the step stone marked by the black "x". The step stone was helpful before all the Dymondia filled in, but is no longer needed in that spot. The Dymondia is currently very, very happy. It likes winter. Unfortunately we've had temperatures in the upper 80s (29 C+) the past several days.
If it cools down before next December, I'll move as many of these roses as I can...
...to this area in front of the window.
Yes, it's very dry. It's very, very, very dry here. Oh El Nino, why has thou forsaken us?
The area from which the roses will be removed will be planted with small succulents such as Echeverias. It's isolated enough to prevent snail damage, has excellent drainage, afternoon shade, and being just below eye level, is a perfect height to admire small plants up close.
The new little Maireana sedifolia purchased from the Huntington is in the ground, replacing 'Jude the Obscure'. I had a good long think about saving 'Jude', but decided against it--wise considering the drought roared back with a fury in this our statistically rainiest month of the year.
One of the Grevillea 'Superb' is just opening its first flower.
The normal behavior for Grevilleas in this garden seems to be: 1. sit and do nothing for several months; 2. produce one flower, 3. sit a couple more months, 4. start blooming like crazy. 'Superb' is at step 2.
I got the step stone moved between photos. That other empty place in the Dymondia once held a Chorizema 'Bush Flame' purchased at a big box store that died about a week after planting. Grrr. The spot has been empty ever since.
I'm wondering if the two 'Ivory Curls' Agaves needs to be moved off the much hotter, drier front slope and planted in those empty spots above. They look heat and dry-stressed where they are, both the little offset...
...as well as the much larger original, which though it has been in this spot at least a year now, is looking dry and stressed again. It looked ecstatic after our early January 3"-of-rain miracle, but not anymore. Thirsty again.
Oh El Nino, why hast thou forsaken Agave 'Ivory Curls'?
The Agaves would be happier in the slightly more moist location, and be less sun stressed because of the presence of the Dymondia, but because the Agave foliage color is so similar to the Dymondia, would the Agaves be lost? Either a move, or their own personal irrigation dripper. I hate seeing them stressed.
Update: moved the little Agave. I think it feels better already. I do.
Anyway, I declare Fall Project 2015 officially complete.