We Get Two
Can't focus--bouncing between gardening, painting, and retail therapy. The noise from next door has evolved. They are now digging the new pool and it involves lots of reversing. Every time the digging machine goes into reverse it beeps. There's also a soil compactor that thrums, jiggling the window glass, and boulders tumbling periodically into a dump truck. Also yelling.
All that may have something to do with the lack of focus. Or not. The garden continues to recover from summer, and new sights pop daily, as if it was Springtime. But it is Spring! This is California: we get two. Fall is our second Spring, and actually the better of the two, because there is extra time until Summer returns to fry everything again.
Bulb foliage emerging--Drimia maritima
Recent purchase of The Iris Known As Dutch: 'Eye of the Tiger': they sprouteth, protected by screen.
Roses unchewed by Thrips, Chili and otherwise.
When it gets too loud outside, I retreat indoors to paint a window. The color is 'Black Fox'.
The original 'Mini King' Protea has two buds. It's grown a few inches, six, maybe, since purchase a couple of years ago. It's not in a hurry.
While the surviving recent Protea purchase 'Mini King' (the other died in the worst of our Summer heat waves) has opened its somewhat sun bleached (by the worst of our Autumn heat waves) bud:
The flower took weeks--months--to open. The plant is not in a hurry.
This rose ('Valencia') new in Spring-Spring, spent all Summer and most of Autumn swallowed up by Salvia 'Waverly'. I hacked back 'Waverly', and 'Valencia' celebrated.
...Agave break...really can't focus!
Retail therapy: Echeveria 'Metallica'. A bit damaged from the ride home.
Retail therapy: Salvia blepharophylla for an odd but highly visible corner. This Salvia spreads. The idea is that the odd corner will contain it somewhat.
The Aeoniums finally woke up. They go dormant in summer, like the gardener does.
Retail therapy: is this really Aloe africana? There were two whole flats of these in 4" pots at the garden center that had obviously been sitting ignored for at least a year--the soil in each pot was low and full of sprouting weeds, the flats shoved onto a hard-to-see shelf in deep shade. The price was a bargain, so one was rescued from obscurity and brought home. Image search brought up similar plants marked as A. africana, so...maybe.