Once I started cutting back Grevillea 'Moonlight', I didn't stop. At first it was just to give the nearby Aloes more sun, and to give me access so I could dig out the Puya. But, it continued, becoming overall size reduction.
Pruning bouquet in a bucket:
The Grevillea sprouted new growth almost immediately from every cut branch, so a reduction in size to keep the beastie manageable seemed to be viable.
Lots of chopping to get rid of. This is just a small bit of it:
Finally, finished. Hopefully 'Moonlight' will be lush and full of flowers again in late winter and spring, when the Orioles nest and are hungry for nectar:
Tufts of new growth sprouting plentifully from bare, cut stem:
We got a small surprise--a bit of rain Monday night between 8:00 and 9:00 pm, along with lightning and thunder. Afterwards, during the night, it sprinkled and drizzled several times. Tuesday morning, the garden was washed and refreshed. I'd put a couple of buckets by the downspout diverter, not expecting any rain at all, and both buckets were filled. Water from the roof is filthy after six dry months, but I distributed it anyway. Too precious to waste, and water becomes dirty as soon at it hits the ground, doesn't it?
Agave 'Mr. Ripple', dust removed:
Agave titanota 'White Ice', all clean:
Aptly common-named "rain lilies", Zephyranthes candida:
An excellent little low care edging plant for sunny spots that get some irrigation.
Another plant that seems to respond to rain with flowers is Leucophyllum. My own 'Thunder Cloud'. Silver and violet is a stunning combination:
And a neighbor's Leucophyllum frutescens(?), with flowers more pink than 'Thunder Cloud's violet. Not a single flower could be seen on Monday morning. Three days later:
Even the Opuntia looks renewed:
Peak Pentas. These will decline as night time temperatures drop below 60F (15C).
A phyllode is a flattened leaf stalk which has probably evolved as a means of conserving moisture in dry climates. Phyllodes photosynthesize, just as true leaves do. The phyllodes increased the height of the seedling to a whopping two inches (5 cm).
Has rain done some magic in your garden lately?