|Caesalpinia mexicana seedling|
Vicki came over, too, to dig up the clumps of Engelmann's daisy. I dug up the Salvias and Tecoma stans and got them into pots; a nice young man in the neighborhood happily took them all to his house, hooray!
|Engelmann's daisy surrounded by blue mistflower|
I spent the rest of the weekend digging out the Narcissus 'Erlicheer,' white Zephryantes, oxblood lilies and Sternbergia lutea bulbs, and digging up seedlings of the perennials I really wanted to keep, like the fall asters, just winding down from their annual flush. (Lori says we can replant the asters in the backyard and sprinkle the bulbs in and around the sedge we're installing in front, which sounds magical!)
|Adios, limestone path with weedy joints|
The following Monday, Cande from Salazar Builders came over with his crew and in a matter of hours, wiped the slate clean. That full grown C. mexicana that Annemarie and I couldn't budge? Gone, along with everything else, including the old stone path that Jack and I installed way back in 2009.
|One of many sun-starved Salvias that has left my shady garden for a new home.|
|Forlorn, drought-stricken Phlomis that went to the city compost bin||.|
Next up, a look at the newly-replanted front garden with plants that are largely evergreen, drought-resistant, and easy to maintain.
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