March continues to be very busy at work so gardening has taken a bit of a backseat. Hopefully things will calm down soon and I will have mustered enough energy to tackle our tax return—yet another unpleasant task I keep postponing.
This post is a potpourri of photos I’ve taken in the last week: some in the rain, some during breaks between storms. For now the rain seems to be over. We need more, of course, but our succulents are just as happy to have a sunny spell.
×Mangave ‘Macho Mocha’ and Arctotis ‘Wine’. Planted 11 months ago from a 4-inch pot, this arctotis has quadrupled in size. It’s been in bloom almost the entire time, no doubt because of my wife’s diligent deadheading.
Arctotis ‘Pink Sugar’, added just last month
The last two lemons left on this juvenile Meyer lemon tree in the front yard. If you look closely, you can see a bunch of new flower buds. They should open within the next few weeks.
NOID Aeonium on the front yard fence
…and its smaller cousin, Agave cupreata
Western redbud (Cercis occidentalis) across the street
This jade plant (Crassula ovata) next to the driveway has been in bloom since December
Lilac in the backyard. This is a low-chill variety, ‘Blue Skies’, developed specially for mild-winter climates.
View from the kitchen window across the Dymondia margaretae “lawn”
Agave ‘Blue Flame’ and Geum coccineum ‘Totally Tangerine’. The branch on the left is from a ‘Black Lace’ elderberry (Sambucus nigra ‘Black Lace’)