Working on...cutting back lush growth. The poor sad Syzygium australe screen that looked so horribly bad during the drought regained considerable health and beauty after the last three-out-of-four years of good rainfall. Now it can be shaped a little. A work in progress. All the clippings are becoming mulch--the small leaves decompose beautifully.
Needs more narrowing at the top.
It's July now. Whatever work happens, it has to happen early in the day. That's not so bad--the play of light and shadow just after sunrise is magic.
Working on...the front slope. Research confirmed variegated Agave salmiana gets big, at least as big as the black circle, 5-6' wide, so I moved it to the front slope from a place too small for its mature size. Aloe alooides, a shorter tree aloe, went in above it (pink arrow), and Agave 'Mateo' went to salmiana's right (pink arrow)
Agave 'Mateo' was previously directly below the big gorgeous Aloe rubroviolacea, and looked peculiar placed thus. Some--a lot--of the blue Senecio mandraliscae needs to come out...more work.
Aloe 'Mateo' is particularly elegant. It has remained solitary rather than offsetting into a chaotic cluster. I kept putting off moving it, fearing the move would cause it to offset.
Working on...removed an unattractive seedling daylily...that created...an empty place for a new plant! Wheee!
Working on...still working on...a better picture of the chicks in the nest.
Not any better. Wait...are they still alive?!?!??
Yesterday morning I peeked into the nest. The chicks looked as though they were dead, and the parents were nowhere to be seen. I was horrified. Glancing out the window a little later, Lady F. was feeding the chicks, their little fuzzy heads bobbing around. They fooled me by playing dead. Ha ha! Good for them!
They are just fine:
Lady F. was screeching by the time I got this not-great shot:
We know what Lady Flycatcher has been working on. What are you working on these days?