Rose removed (crown gall yet again), other plants moved, and an Agave ovatifolia and Centaurea ragusina planted.
I chose A. ovatifolia in hopes it will look striking against the stucco wall behind it. A mature ovatifolia under the Oak tree illustrates its elegance:
Aloe barbadensis var. chinensis) moved to this hot dry place adjacent to the street, where offsets can be easily removed. A different Agave ovatifolia next to it was planted several months ago. In all-day sun its muted grey-blue color turned a pure pale aqua. I hope the newly planted one does the same.
Agave stricta(?)'s life was complete. One of my first Agave purchases back around 2008. It popped out of the ground with only a couple of shovel-shoves--the root system was dried and gone. The final diameter of the plant was 3' (1 meter) and the flower stem was a little over 9' (3 meters) tall. I really like this solitary, non-bulbil producing Agave and would grow it again. A. stricta and A. striata are somewhat hard to tell apart. Mine was sold by a reliable, knowledgeable nursery (Yucca Do, now closed) and was labeled stricta nana.
Was Not Happy with the Butterfly Amaryllis (Hippeastrum papilio) nearby. Fabulous flowers, very short bloom season, but the bulb I'd planted just a couple of years ago had formed a massive chaotic clump. Not Happy with it in such a prominent spot. I'll try it in a pot that can be shoved somewhere inconspicuous when it is out of flower.
A 'Blue Glow' got stricta's spot. I thought about pulling off an offset from the nearby A. titanota 'White Ice' to place there instead...but...'Blue Glow' was, I confess, easier.
And a Leucandendron cone. But enough distractions...
...back to work. I waited on moving this 'Endless Summer' hydrangea while it continued to flower. As dormant as it was going to get, and with the rain coming, it was time. Surprisingly tough to dig out. There were some Acer roots extending into the Hydrangea root ball.
Its intended place was here, a formerly raised bed that once upon a time had been a nursery bed to root succulents. Adjacent 'Cara Cara' orange's rapid growth quickly shaded the bed completely. I took the bed apart and used some of the soil to fill in the hydrangea's hole.
Finally, Fatsia japonica 'Spider's Web' got a place in the ground, in the shade of the Acer, but where there are fewer Acer roots. I placed an empty container as temporary shade in front of it. This location will give it a few hours of early morning winter sun when the Acer is out of leaf, dappled all day shade when the Acer is in foliage. Hopefully it can handle that.
Oh, hey--Hellebore seedlings! How 'bout that? They are all invariably plain greenish-white flowers, but they make a tidy, rich green tuft of foliage all spring, all summer, most of autumn, and about have the winter.
There is probably some room for a few more in the Acer bed.
The long-awaited rain arrived at sunset. We got an inch (25 mm) of the good stuff overnight, and several showers today.
Oh, wait. What was in that box on the doorstep? Verbena 'De La Mina', Echium gentianoides 'Tajinaste', and two roses--'Golden Celebration'.
Yeah, yeah, I know. Digging out roses, whining about rose problems, then I buy some more. Typical gardener!