Cleaning up all the trimmings was pretty easy, followed by weeding and trying to fix all the holes in the DG (getting there!) - so that's mostly done!
|We'll call the wall color "rustic" and leave it at that...|
|the tree could probably be trimmed even harder next year?|
|i should find the tag for this one...|
|also added mulch & all the pups are from the agave just to the left.|
|i should add rock mulch here, i think?|
|the acacia purpurea is still deciding on "dead or alive"|
|i just planted an echinocereus - we'll see how it does.|
|the yellow is from the palo verde blooms - i really should clean that all up.|
|the one section is still a bit dreary - perhaps a bigger spruce up in the fall?|
|the acacia redolens 'Low Boy" really needs to be cut back even more!|
|view without the bucket|
- gopher mounds - the mounds are gone, and making progress on the gophers
- a mess of dead plant parts in the areas that get no water - cleaned it all up, and added new drip lines under the mulch for the new plants (all cuttings from the garden). This also made about a million hesperaloe seedlings pop up.
- a massively leaning Cylindropuntia that is only getting worse and really needs fixing - pulled this one out, and took several large cuttings. They're now rooting in pots near the russian sage bushes.
- a weirdly shaped opuntia microdasys that lost half of its arms when they cracked due to the rains. It's now draping itself over a very pretty Agave 'sharkskin'. The opuntia should probably come out altogether, and be replanted (or replaced with something else, but it matches the o. microdasys that's in the other patio bed, which is the only part of the garden that looks good!) - removed the opuntia, and replaced it with o. austrina, which should have orange flowers.
- when the opuntia arm came off, it exposed a weird empty area between the opuntia and the callistemon 'little john', which needs planting - i didn't add much to this area of the bed yet - an agave 'Snow Glow' hiding under the flowers, and the opuntia are all that's there. I did cut back and divide the grasses, and put new mulch here too. The different shapes/colors/sizes of rocks feel a bit more natural, although sometimes also jarring?
- the random autumn sage bush in this bed needs trimming, but at least it's not woody. - done!
So not bad! It's been helpful having these blog posts to look at and hold myself accountable for fixing these things. Fixing these areas has pointed out other areas that now need to be fixed. But that probably won't really happen until fall, when it's less hot. I'll try to document them this summer, so i don't forget!