Thursday, It Rained
The plants are celebrating. I'm celebrating their celebration.
One beautiful feature of Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Marjorie Channon' is how rain brings out the black color of the twigs and branches. It is a dramatic contrast to the pale green and variegation on the leaves. We get to enjoy this effect too rarely.
Agave ellemeetiana, in a less visible part of the garden, has reached mature size. Native to humid forests of southern Mexico, it prefers a shadier spot. I was regretting its eventual flowering, because it's not a commonly available species, but...
...Ellie is celebrating with an offset. Awesome!
I gently positioned a Hellebore flower into a photograph-able position. It's happy being in the ground after languishing for so long in a pot. I'm happy it's happy.
Just a few roses left to cut back. They won't stop celebrating the rain and cool weather.
Grevillea 'Robyn Gordon' has gotten extra attention lately, in the form of several buckets of collected rain water and a dose of chelated iron/10% nitrogen. It's celebrating with lots of flower buds.
Aloe hardyi x cameronii is about finished flowering, but the bare stems and remnant flowers catch the eye.
I read Echeveria agavoides 'Christmas' was a prolific off-setter, but never believed it until now.
Gasteria acinicifolia, planted under the key lime tree down in the gully, has its first flower stem. This is the largest of the Gasteria species and can get nearly 2' (61 cm) wide. The Huntington has a group of them growing happily in the shade of a big native oak. I'm trying to duplicate that.
Abutilon 'Victor Reiter' glows warm even in winter. I'm hoping this plant does well come Spring. It's doing pretty darn good right now.
See the "ribbons"?
Some plants really know how to party.