Fall Project 2015 Update In Fall 2016
Above, the state of it in February 2016
Below, the state of it now. Whoa! Aloidendron 'Hercules' has grown.
After eight-some months, a few project-area adjustments are needed. The first Grevillea 'Superb' planted has grown vigorously and overwhelmed the surrounding Echeverias.
The plan is to remove the Dymondia surrounding Aloe 'Hercules' and place the overwhelmed Echeverias in that space.
In addition, there are other small succulents that could use the space. The nursery area has filled up with plants happy to be out of small, dry pots.
And must not forget, the Leucospermum-engulfed 'Ivory Curls' Agave needs a new place:
Small sections of Dymondia also require removal due to Fescue infestation--fescue that refused to grow when it had the space to itself. Grrr!
It is too difficult to remove the grass tufts from dense-growing Dymondia, so I'll remove it all and replant with young, vigorous Dymondia that has invaded the beds here and there.
Dymondia replanting is best done during a stretch of cool, overcast weather, so that work will have to wait until we actually get a stretch of cool, overcast weather. It is difficult to get Dymondia restarted during autumn heat without constant attention.
The tiny Maireana has grown.
The other two 'Superb's, still somewhat chlorotic but full of flower buds, are slowly greening up thanks to chelated iron spray.
The first-planted, ebony-foliaged Lagerstroemia, bought July 2015, did great this year. It's now nearly shoulder-high.
The second one, bought July 2016, may be in the wrong spot--I fear the nearby 'Superb' will overwhelm it.
The 'Joe Hoak's, and other succulents have grown. I added the dwarf Leucophytums from a six-pack around June, because it seemed a little empty, and because I like Leucophytum.
Roses still need to be moved--hopefully in December. That will open up space to move more small succulents out of pots and into the ground, where they are much happier.
In general the area looks good and the Project still seems successful. It is perhaps too orderly and spare in contrast to the other side of the driveway, which is currently in the state of autumnal overgrown-ness, but let's overlook that issue for now.
In wide shots, autumnal overgrown-ness looks decent.
Well now! This photo shows that from this viewpoint, the neighbor's roof is finally hidden. Wheee!! Took years and years.
So, that's what's going on here. What's doing with your garden?