As the dandelions can attest,
my garden's been terribly neglected lately.
(And my blog has been, as well.)
My fall garden has bolted, and I haven't had a chance to clean it up.
Not that the bees mind.
I read somewhere that flowering winter vegetables are a critical food source for bees at winter's end, before spring's flowers arrive.
However, the spring flowers are out now, so it wouldn't hurt the bees to pull these out.
But I'm in the midst of a DIY kitchen remodel, and at the end of each day, I feel rather like this flopped-over iris -
- and so the garden will have to wait.
They call these "cemetery irises" because they're often found in cemeteries, thriving on neglect. Well, that's what they're getting in my garden - a whole lot of neglect.
In the garden in front of the house, I managed to get the boxwood house "mustache" trimmed, but I didn't get this lanky lantana cut back before it burst into bloom.
(Aaugh, is that a sprig of Bermuda I see?)
I got the salvias cut back, including this 'Cherry Sage',
but not the globe mallow, because it insisted on blooming all winter, like a freak.
I didn't get the leaves raked up before the blackfoot daisies sprung up,
and I didn't get the gopher plant cut back, either.
Well, it's too late now. Daytime temps have hit the 80's this week, and this Caesalpinia mexicana thinks it's in the tropics.
Looks like it's going to be a short, dry spring and a long, hot summer.
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