Backyard stirrings – Digging

February 27, 2023

The freeze-damaged aloes (Aloe maculata) could have misplaced most of their fleshy arms, however examine this out: they’re sending up flower spikes for spring anyway. Go, aloes, go!

Right here’s one other one with only a couple “limbs,” however take a look at the scale of that flower spike. These vegetation are so freeze-maimed that I ought to exchange them with pups I saved within the storage. However I simply don’t have the guts. They’re making an attempt so laborious.

We had a brand new fence constructed alongside the east-side property line final week. The outdated fence lasted about 14 years, nevertheless it was leaning and rotting. We adopted the development and went with a horizontal-board fence this time.

The inventory tank is totally planted up with Ursula the variegated whale’s tongue agave (recovering from the December deep freeze after which being wrenched out of its rootbound pot), plus a number of oxblood lily bulbs and some rain lilies, a soon-to-be unifying subject of silver ponyfoot…

…and a splash of coloration from native four-nerve daisy (Tetraneuris scaposa) and winecup (Callirhoe involucrata).

The inventory tank will get considerably extra solar since the ice storm took out a bunch of huge limbs on the stay oaks. It’s simple to be OK with that now, when temps are delicate(ish). Extra solar, extra flowers in spite of everything. I hope I really feel the identical manner this summer season.

I like this time of 12 months within the backyard. All of the promise of spring is within the air, whilst reminders of final season nonetheless grasp on just a little longer. Right here’s to new beginnings, which is what the backyard is at all times about.

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