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Autumn Foliage, Southern California Version

Leucadendron 'Ebony'  displaying Southern California's version of autumn foliage
It has finally cooled off enough to garden again here in Southern California.  I've been pulling out victims of two months of terrible heat--the Leucadendron in the above photo, as well as the Grevillea 'Royal Fanfare' which looked happy in spring but did not survive the heat.  Two choice plants.  Ouch. 
Some of the Pittosporums also suffered--one of the P. tenuifolium 'Wrinkled Blue's had several branches die.  I spent yesterday cutting them out. There, the center-left one.  Looks a bit better now.  There's still a few dead bits that need to come out.  
The four 'Tasman Ruffles' P. tenuifolium to the right look very bad, much worse than in the photo.  The long drought of 2011-2016 damaged them and they lost their health and beauty.  They should be lusciously dense, not scraggly.  Remove and replace with new copies?  Replace with something else?  Cut back hard, to…

Somebody Had Bunny For Dinner

 Somebody had bunny for dinner.

After dinner, big bird relaxed and enjoyed the view.


  1. Yikes. So now I wonder how many utility poles have bits of decomposing rodent on top.

    1. Not many. There's nothing up there today. I think the crows go for the leftovers.

  2. I know it's nature's plan and that bunnies are a plague on your garden but I'm still sad. The hawks have been very active here too.

  3. Can you send that bird over here to Sun Lakes, AZ please? We do have lots of birds, coyotes, etc. but we have a billion bunnies!!!

    1. As soon as she and her mate have finished eating the bunnies and squirrels, will do.

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    1. Thanks! I was so happy they were actually in focus.


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