I feel your pain smashed, good luck with the restoration. I must say the hens and chicks look nice. That is one plant I miss growing. Its too hot here and I had some that lived a while but finally died off. Is that the same area you summer plant your cactus in? I always enjoy your summer pics of the C and S areas.
I pulled all the plants (except a few hen and chicks and dunce caps), dirt and pea gravel out of my garden. I put down new plastic and top soil (to hold down the pea gravel. This is as far as I got before it started raining.
Have you ever tried Preen? It is a pre-emergent. I love it. I use it early spring once and then again maybe 6 months later. Just a light sprinkling all over. Weed well first then use it. If you continue to use it you will never have a weed again! My problem was after a few years, no more weeds were coming up so I stopped using it. And they came back from the wind I guess blowing them in. Once the seeds germinate, Preen has no effect.
I esp like it in between cactus where you can't reach in with your hand among the stickers to weed yet weeds always seem to love to grow there.
Kell. My dad tried some preem on his garden last year. It seemed to work pretty well. I might try it. Thanks!
Nancy, It is a big job! I was going to expand this year, but the road construction and an aching back made me change my mind.
Here is a picture so far. Notice the hen and chicks under the dogwood tree. I had a wagon full of them. I still have some left.
Wow, yes, you do have a lot! Maybe you have neighbors who would like some?? The garden looks ready to plant when you are! I just noticed what looks like a large tree stump there near the wall. Was there once a tree there?
That was a walnut tree I had cut down a couple years ago. I needed more sun for my garden and I didn't want the walnuts to damage my plants. I almost killed my dogwood tree. I put the black plastic down all the way to the trunk. That is why I planted the hen and chicks there, so it can get some air and maybe keep the weeds out.
The dogwood looks happy again now. I love dogwoods. There were lots of them in Rhode Island where I lived, both white and pink flowering. I'll bet there were a lot of roots from the walnut tree in your garden at first.
We have lots of dogwoods here, too. They have a festival every year, but most years the flowers are nearly gone by then (because scheduling around Easter). But a lot of azaleas are blooming at that time. And yes! I had to chop roots to get my pond in.
Here are two of my favorite irises that just happened to bloom next to each other.
Some, like the titonopsis are very hard to keep alive indoors. Mine made it but boy does it look sad now. The baby's toes are not hard as long as you don't water or at the most just a little mist away from the plant body during the winter and give them good light. Mine are under and close too some pretty intense lights all winter. I used to think I could grow lithops but this year I killed nearly half of them? But like you I will keep trying...
Thanks, Nancy for the comment on the pipe. I got the idea from another DGer (the big blue barrel with flowers pouring out of it). Thanks also for the article.
Thanks C for the misting tip. I will try that. And by the way. My titonopsis is actually Aloinopsis luckhofii. The ones to the left of it is Aloinopsis schoonesii.
Here's an update on my little trial garden. Everything has survived but the Aloe harlana. Some of the Haworthias are barely hanging on. We've had a very dry spring (11" short on rainfall) and record high temps this week. Tomorrow will be the third day of temps at around 106 and 102 Sunday. A very slight chance of rain next week with temps in the upper 90"s. My Agave blue glow leaves are turning white.
Here's what it looks like at present. Working 12 hours a day, Vegetable garden and grandkids on the weekend. I haven't had time to do much with it. I did get some solar lights put around it the other day.
I had a really green one of those going in a container for a while. It was not pleased with day-long sun and chronic underwatering and began to complain loudly. Rather than fine-tune that stuff, I just put it in the ground. A few months later it's now on the road to recovery with the same extreme exposure. Nowhere near as nice-looking as Gary's plant, though... have to say yet again that's a nice-looking agave. Hope the heat stress passes quickly. Our high temperature for June was 71°F.
Thanks, kinym, Nancy, baja. I almost didn't plant it in the ground this year. After 25 or 30 ouches, I've decided it will stay in the pot next year. This Agave hedgehog is doing very well in the pot and in full sun. It looked pretty sad after overwintering. I had to trim several leaves off of it. Hre is our forcast for the week. It has been around 105 since Friday and is going to be around 100 all next week. I had to fill my rain barrel up with tap water because we have had no rain for several weeks.