Mulching this garden is a big job. The mulch pile is smaller, but the job isn't yet complete. It's wonderful when the June Gloom hangs on all day. I can work much longer in the cool grey.
Fresh mulch enables each plant to stand out and be clearly seen.
The slopes are the hardest. Climbing up and down carrying buckets of heavy mulch. After a while I needed a rest and shot some pictures of--what else--flowers.
I was so tired I sat down on the concrete and looked around. One of the 'Fred Ives' flower stalks has a plantlet at the tip.
Another day, another 'Brass Band'
Oh! Oh! The new 'Venosa Violacea' Clematis has its first flowers!
Nice to have 'Venosa Violacea' back in the garden. The drought got the first one a couple of years ago. I am so tired.
Lately when doing something physically difficult, I distract myself by thinking about the color of things, in my efforts to bring better color combinations to the garden. You can't create good combinations of color without knowing what colors the plant presents. What color is this newly opened 'Cinco de Mayo' rose? Rust? A shade of orange?
But...what color are the bracts of this Salvia 'Waverly'? Dusty plum?
Screeches beyond 'Waverly', near Grevillea 'Superb'. I see a hummingbird perched, hidden, waiting for other hummingbirds to come investigate 'Superb'. The hidden bird wanted to attack the investigators.Three different Hummingbirds arrived, and then an orange-crowned warbler. The hidden bird didn't know who to attack first. He didn't attack the warbler, which was bigger than he was.
Boy, am I tired. June Gloom has enabled the Sweet Peas to linger. I lingered, too, sitting on the concrete with the scent of Eucalyptus mulch everywhere, and the cool grey above us all.