Last of 'The Prince', 'Charles Rennie Mackintosh', 'Belinda's Dream', and 'Red Intuition' flowers for the next eight or nine weeks. Because roses bloom almost continuously here in a mild dry winter, pruning involves cutting off a lot of beautiful flowers that end up in various vases and jars.
It has been the best January for roses I can remember. This is due to cool nights and no rain. The very best thing would be rain, but the second best thing would be lots of January roses.
In the home stretch of pruning, finally. Just a few more to go. Then some raking, then the mulch. A lot more gardening than garden blogging this month. January is when it is cool enough to work out there all day long.Green waste bins full
I need to move this 'Yves Piaget'. The spot is perfect for small succulents where they can be examined closely, not so perfect for a rose. Because this spot is a raised bed, it provides a clear view of the roses's bare lower canes. Just exactly the part of a rose that is not attractive.
A little excitement: the 'Penny's Pink' Hellebore is showing buds. Yay! I didn't kill it over the summer!
I thought this small succulent was a Crassula, but judging by the flower form, it must be a Kalanchoe, no?
Further development of current obsession: 'Tango' flowers. Unlike Leucospermum 'Yellow Bird', the filaments uncurl and end straight up. 'Yellow Bird' filaments remain curled in on themselves. The foliage is different as well--'Tango' has narrow leaves, while 'Yellow Bird' has rounded ones.
Still fairly besotted with Grevillea 'Kings Fire', too.
The garden produces a few lavender seedlings every year, descendants of the original L. stoechas planted in 2000. I throw the dried brown seed heads here and there to help make it happen. This seedling sprouted last spring at the edge of the street. By the time a seedling starts to age and look ratty there is another seedling or two to replace it, so I pull the old one. It's been a lovely thing.
Now, back to pruning!