When I took photos for yesterday's post I went a little crazy and snapped photos all around the garden. With so many things happening this time of year it's easy to get carried away.
Every year I look forward to the colorful new growth on my Daphniphyllum macropodum. It never disappoints.
Ditto on the variegated version.
Another one of the projects I've recently tackled is the replanting of succulents around the base of this galvanized planter. I thought the dehydrated dyckia would plump up with water...unfortunately we've been dry since Friday April 19th and the temperatures keep rising (90 predicted for today!). Sure, I've hosed it down a few times but obviously not enough. I think I'm going to have to pull them and put something else in their place.
The further away you get the better they look!
The Ceanothus 'Dark Star' has been unbelievably good this year.
I spend too much time just staring at it.
Oh! Guess what! My Akebia longeracemosa 'Victor's Secret' (worst name ever) is going to bloom for the first time!
I am thrilled.
Mahonia eurybracteata 'Indianola Silver'...wowsa!
I still have many (so many) bromeliads to add to this area, but it's starting to take shape.
The blooming of Magnolia laevifolia mostly happened before the temps climbed skyward, thank goodness.
This one's been wiped out by heat in the past.
Here's another mashed up planting.
The Yucca recurvifolia ‘Margaritaville' just kept getting taller and leaning out further. I needed to move the trio of Mangave 'Inkblot' (you'll see why soon) and there was room for an agave too. I'm not sure I like it, we'll see once everything settles in and loosens up.
The rare time of year when there are leaves, flowers, and thorns!
This is why the Mangave 'Inkblot' moved, an Agave 'Mateo' moved in.
I've had the A. 'Mateo' for awhile but it needed a bigger pot and more sun. Since I've had others of this variety perform in the ground I'm taking a chance and hoping it will do well here year 'round. We shall see.
Weather Diary, May 9: Hi 84, Low 54/ Precip 0
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