Ah...a free afternoon, what to do...? Well play in the garden would be my first choice. But it was cold and wet and rain more threatened. I didn't feel like working in a cold and wet garden. Still the outdoors called so I bundled up and went for a walk. I shared photos of these nearby Agaves awhile back. Glad to see they're still looking good.
Of course I wanted to grab that piece of trash, but then what? Just drop it on the ground? I certainly wasn't going to carry it with me as I walked. It stayed.
Or an accidental arrangement?
A little clean-up and this could be fab...
Oh I'm sensing a theme developing!
Yay for the Opuntias...
Make that two themes, there's been a lot of moss on this walk.
Little worlds of moss.
Were there once plants? Or just rocks?
Do moss and weeds count?
I almost expected it to move, or to start talking to me.
Sending out feelers...
Big beautiful cones...
Anyone care to ID?
For a moment I thought this was an errant ray of sunshine on the conifer.
But no, its got sunshine from within.
Cute galvanized fence caps!
And old old vines.
Back home I decided I could kinda-sorta garden by giving the basement prisoners their once-a-winter check over and water.
Boy am I glad I did, because I found this....super yuck!
What is it? I thought scale, but all the scale I've encountered thus far turn red when smashed, these did not. I sprayed liberally with insecticidal soap and cleaned it up the best I could with Q-tips. Then sprayed again. I'd love to hear your thoughts.
Such bright green new growth, I've long lost the name of this guy, I think if it as my little Saguaro because of his shape.
At first there's nothing odd to see here...
But look there on the leaf...a tiny little plant.
Very interesting eh?
If you're wondering - all these random succulents, in the small white containers, are ones that I'd stuck in the ground last summer. As the weather turned in the fall I plucked them out of the ground, or took cuttings, and planted them up as I got around to it.
Lila spent the time hanging out on the basement guest bed, giving me the "are you done yet?" glare...
One final discovery...my black-leaved Cordyline is going to bloom! Thankfully I've since been able to spend a little time actually working in the garden (clean-up), which makes me a very happy gardener.
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