Ewww. This is the "after" picture:
Separating some of the tiny seedlings to give them more room made a mess. If I continue growing from seed, a potting table would helpful. Should build one.
The remaining potted sweet peas, started from seed back in October, are all planted. They are growing much better than the sweet peas did last year. Because, why? No idea.
They are so cute when they reach out and hold on to things:
Went to Lowe's with a garden-buddy who wanted a table-top conifer for Christmas decor. I found a Leucadendron galpinii in good shape on the death rack for 50% off. These are happy in a pot for quite a while.
Other gardening: cutting back (Iochroma) and cleaning up yellowing foliage It took four weeks to chop all the Pittosporum trimmings and fit them into the green waste bins. It wasn't four weeks of chopping--the pauses between bins packed full waiting to be emptied was most of it.
Lovely to be out there, though. Quiet. Most people in the neighborhood were gone for Thanksgiving.
Besides autumn clean up, enjoying the soft light and near-flawless rose flowers of the season.
Many Aloes sending up flower stems:
I've been gardening so much garden-blogging has had to wait. The weather is ideal: cool, and at times overcast.
I found a fresh Metrosideros 'Springfire' to buy and planted it where the beautiful Hakea petiolaris purchased in March, died in August. Still cringing about that.
The new 'Springfire' is on the far right. The small one by the Agave stalk was purchased in March of this year:
Maybe they are a bit to close to each other. Hmm. To the right of the new 'Springfire' is Leucandendron 'Chief' planted October 2021. 'Chief' is Not Happy. Overwatered? While that seem impossible in this climate, light soil, on a hill, and with the way I water, I shut off one of the two drippers it had and temporarily moved the other to another new Salvia apiana planted for the local pollinators. The Artemesia was planted back in May. Salvia 'Dara's Choice' planted at the same time as the other Saliva (hmm...two "Choice" plants). It needs a dripper of its own for a while, until it can establish itself.
I'm uneasy--perhaps the new 'Springfire' could be moved 24" (62 cm) towards 'Chief'. Maybe tomorrow. It's getting dark.
Several Agaves are sending up flower stalks in the area. The 'Springfire' on the other side of the fence was planted as a one gallon size in February, 2014. (Blogs are great for recording that kind of stuff!):
Speaking of Hakeas, the survivor H. laurina spent the heat of September and some of October in afternoon shade. All it needs is a place in the ground. Foliage backlit looks fabulous.
Love those pinstripes:
A small thing: pulled the volunteer Carex testaceas coming up in several places in this path:
Blue Fescue tufts will look good with the lavender and aqua of the Graptoveria and the Ageratum which has flowered on and on. The Carex is a great plant, but too big to adorn a small path. Shopped for a six-pack of blue Fescue, and came home with the 'Springfire' instead. I'll try another nursery another time for the Fescue.
In the meantime, pulled a mostly dead Fescue clump from another area and saved the part still alive, trimming it short and replanting by the path. The roots looked good. Worth a try:
So glad I hit the roses with fertilizer in early October. They made November look pretty good, distracting the eye from Hemerocallis going to sleep for the winter: 'Brass Band':
Enough. Fiddled with this post far too long. The dogs want their dinner.