No Room In The Bin
Even dried up, the flower stem of Aloe marlothii is decidedly bold.
Bold I am not. This is well known. However I boldly had my Occasional Cleanup Guy remove three large clumps of Aloes from the front slope.
The lone bedraggled aloe surrounded by empty soil is cremnophytic Aloe hardyi, recovering from having been overwhelmed by Agave marmorata for several years. I'll move it so it can hang over a wall, like Aloe pseudorubroviolacea does. "Cremnophytic" means "cliff dwelling".
Why remove the lavishly blooming clumps, especially 'Cynthia Gitty', so beloved by hummers? I can't explain it any better than: solitary rosettes are orderly and elegant. Clustering, spreading rosettes, both Aloe and Agave, are visually chaotic as well as spacially aggressive--their offsetting had become a march to take over the slope.
So...there are several tree aloes in pots that could occupy a place on the slope: A. vaombe, rupestris, africana, sabaea. There are plenty of solitary orderly elegant 'Blue Glow's waiting for a forever spot, and several Agave ovatifolia (also solitary, orderly, and elegant) as well.
Sort of like this?
When I first started planting Aloes and Agaves on the front slope, I feared there would never be enough of them to fill it up. Wrong! Enough to fill the slope, and enough to fill each green waste bin several times over.
Since we've finally gotten some June-Gloom weather, I've been gardening nearly all day long, hoping to catch up before the heat arrives. Sprawling Nepeta tuberosa, going summer-dormant, got cut to the ground.
No room in the bin for a couple of weeks:
I also trimmed this side of the neighbor's hedge. The clippings I left where they fell, where they can dry out for a week at least.
No room in the bin:
Beauty shots to make up for the sight of the Aloe slaughter.
'Lady Emma Hamilton'
This area this moment almost makes me think I know what I'm doing, garden wise. It's taken so long.
But then I look at the front slope. Not there yet.
Wasn't expecting any Iris rebloom.
Six of 'Twilight Zone'
Four of 'Victorian Lace'
'The Ambridge Rose'
That bold gold day lily again
'Munstead Wood', 'Love and Wishes'
Salvia 'Love and Wishes'
Protea 'Sylvia' bud with blurred Leonotis background
I'm composting as much garden waste as possible, and sheet-mulching too, in out-of-the-way areas. The hedge trimmings will become sheet mulch on top of the layer of dried up sweet pea plants from this winter, which is the layer over the Salvia leucantha layer of last fall, now nearly vanished back into the earth.
Part of avoiding succulents that offset too generously is reducing green waste that ends up in the landfill and eventually becomes methane. I'm working boldly towards a fully no-waste garden.
Update: helpful comment from Sue reminded me that putting out free plants for neighbors is a great thing to do. I have done it in the past, but back in late March when I had other extra plants, I hesitated and decided against it because of the whole Covid-19 situation--would the virus spread from people handling plants? It seems less likely now, so I tidied up some rosettes and put them out. Thanks, Sue!