I HAVE A HUGE CONFESSION to make. Parts of my garden look like the Amazon Jungle. Seriously. With the mild temperatures and abundant rainfall, the plants are in GROW mode. It's not insurmountable but it ain't good. I mean, it's good that they're healthy and all but, well, they need some assistance from the gardener at large. Problem is, you see, I'm working full time now and often by the time I get home in the evening I'm too worn out for any serious undertakings. I know eventually, like say, Saturday, I'll get to it and feel all the better for it. And, I'll have some really cool "After" photos to show off.
Today's post features the "Before" photos. To buffer the shock, I've interspersed them with a few nicer shots.
|These are the flowers on Oxalis lasiandra I purchased at Dancing Oaks.|
|I'm not sure what variety of Hens & Chicks this is but I really like the pink flowers.|
|Here it is again. I don't believe I've ever had a Semp sporting such pretty flowers.|
|Rosa 'Rhapsody in Blue' is actually purple but with a scent like this who cares?|
Okay, ready? Here goes...
|Here is the first photo of my chaos. See what I mean? No definition. Everything is crowded.|
|Rosa 'Sophia' is trying her hardest to be pretty but that stupid Feverfew is in the way. Out it goes.|
|This photo proves that I'm making progress. My Sambucus 'Black Lace' is in for a serious pruning|
when it's finished blooming.
|Did you know there is a pathway here?|
|The pathway is here too but it's not too easily navigable these days.|
The rose on the right is 'Knock Out.' The pink flowers on the left are from Cistus purpurea.
|Geranium 'Jolly Bee' and a pink No-Namer are looking fine but Stipa gigantea to their right might need a hair cut soon.|
|Here's another view of that same hidden pathway. The pink rose on the right is 'Gertrude Jekyll. '|
|A few days ago, I spruced up this area but was too late to get a good "After" photo.|
Mowing and edging the lawn makes such a huge difference.
|This Purple-leaved Cotinus (Smoke Bush) is weak-stemmed. It won't stay vertical.|
I kind of like it partnered with the contrasting Pulmonaria though so I'm leaving it.
|My Clemmy 'Ville de Lyon' looks fabuloso.|
|The Pink-flowered California Poppies successfully wintered-over and are all abloom.|
|I really like this little area under the arbor.|
|This photo really demonstrates how chaotic things have become. Scary, isn't it?|
|I remember Christopher Lloyd advising to cut the Santa Barbara Daisy plants "hard back" in spring.|
Oops. This is what happens when you don't.
|Pathway? What pathway? I'm not sure if my cat is happy in the jungle or not.|
|Rosa 'Knock Out' with Sambucus 'Black Lace.' (The camera is crooked. My bad.)|
|Solanum crispum 'Glasnevin' looks really great now too, thanks to the mild winter.|
|And I'll leave you with Rosa 'Scentimental.'|
I feel better having confessed my gardener's lament.
Next time I'll post the "After" photos.
I'm sure all of you are doing a much better job of keeping up with things.