Leaf clean up is now easier due to a battery-powered leaf blower purchased a few weeks ago. The quietest one available, it's rated at 57 db. I like it. Human speech is about 60 db. Average gas powered leaf blower is 95-115 db.
The unit is heavier than most other battery-powered kinds because of the sound-dampening construction. For my purposes, a fair trade off.
Unaffected by wind, two roadside clumps of Aloe arborescens are beginning to open flowers.
Ditto for the variant A. capitata var. quartziticola, its gorgeous coloration making flowers superfluous (though still hoped-for):
Relatively new A. lukeana still hasn't flowered, but because of its very dry location--maybe next year:
Wind doesn't bother 'Vanzie', either. Wind better not dare!
To end, a Happy Birthday to our darling Sammies. They are twelve years old today.