I find myself gardening impulsively this month. I think the heat has caused a frantic desperation.
Two weekends ago I decided that the Lafter roses had to go RIGHTTHISMINUTE, and that I needed to replace them with grasses. I had a Pennisetum 'Prince' in the backyard that was growing but not thriving due to lack of full sun, so I moved it to the front. Yes, in mid-August. Then I decided the Canna 'Wyoming' should be in front of the 'Prince' grass, so I transplanted those too. (Still mid-August, if you're keeping score at home.) And finally I'd had enough of looking at the stems of the Salvia 'Amistad' every time I drove up to the house, so I moved those to the side of the house behind the 'Prince' grass.
|Canna 'Wyoming' and 'Prince' Pennisetum in front of 'Azure' Bush Germander|
|Salvia 'Amistad' relocated against the side of the house, at least for now|
I'm pleased to report they are all surviving on their own now with (mostly) standard watering (soaker hose 1x/week) but it was touch-and-go for a while. I was out there with a hose, hand-watering and sweet-talking them every night for about a week.
I also ordered another 'First Knight' Pennisetum from Dutchgardens.com, and a Pennisetum 'Princess Caroline' from Santa Rosa Gardens. Both are in the ground and receiving some supplemental (every 3 days) hand-watering until I feel like they're ready to transition to the standard schedule. So far so good!
|Tiny 'First Knight' Pennisetum|
You can see a hint of my other semi-impulsive project from this weekend behind that shot: I removed the mulch and replaced it with rock! 16 bags of Pea Pebbles, 4 bags of Pond Stones, and 5 bags of decorative stones (on sale because the bags were ripped, woohoo!)
I'm calling it semi-impulsive because I'd been contemplating it for a while, but yesterday at around 1pm I decided it was time. (Yep, just as it was getting stupid-hot outside. What I lack in sense I make up for in commitment.)
I am totally in love with it, too. Which is why you're going to see a thousand pictures from different angles.
This little path serves two purposes:
- I frequently cut across to the lawn from here
- This is where water drains when it rains, so the mulch was washed away anyway
|(The color is weird, but not as weird as before I tried to fix it with Picasa)|
|Bonus shot of my new 'Princess Caroline' Pennisetum, with tiny Salvia 'Berggarten' behind|
On a more somber note, I almost lost my Yucca in the back. I had noticed the smaller one had more and more leaves that were just turning tan (i.e. dead), but I wasn't sure why. Then I went out Wednesday morning after the sprinklers had run, and found the ground by them SUPER saturated. Not good.
I started digging, pulled them out and put them in buckets, turned on the sprinkler again, and saw this:
So I called the sprinkler dudes. They had worked on that spot earlier in the year (after I broke a PVC pipe with my shovel), and I feared it was re-broken. Thankfully not by me.
They fixed it yesterday, so today's project is replanting those Yuccas and then crossing my fingers that this is the last time. Poor things.