GOTH GARDEN

A Garden Blog from Urban Los Angeles

adios...
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I'm shutting down the Goth Garden on LJ. I'll continue to keep the page so I can read friends' posts, but I'm just going to post directly on the Goth Garden's FB page from now on (before, I was copying the Goth Garden to FB with RSS). I'm getting tired of deleting the spam comments on LJ, and I imagine those of you who are both friends on FB and on LJ are tired of seeing duplicate posts. Happy Holidays!

Ho ho ho
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Yes, it's in the 70s today, making it hard to feel the Christmas spirit...but hard to feel bad about that, either. We BBQ'd (Omaha steaks from the grandparents), and I pottered around rearranging succulents, as one does in LA in the winter (or pretty much any time).

Here is some sad-looking plant matter. I cut the senecio apart to replant (too shady where it was before, and it didn't care for having the hose dragged across it from time to time). Usually I just stick it straight into the ground, but as wet as it is, I'm going to let the stems dry and callous a bit before planting them. The lambs ears I ripped out from under the ficus to replace the senecio. They look terrible now, but I imagine they'll be fine--they're that kind of plant:

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And I moved a couple of plants from this bowl and replaced them with others--thought it would balance the colors/shapes better. I'm still not sure it's right--it's a work in progress:

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And here's a pic I took just for the heck of it--I replanted the little pink guy here a week or so ago after carelessly breaking the bowl it had been in. It's a favorite of mine.

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End of the year-y
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The short, sometimes beautiful life of kalanchoe 'fantastic':

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Upper left is March: bottom right is today--replaced with the somewhat thug-like agave 'blue glow'

Back yard: Still looking pretty sketchy as far as the 'lawn' is concerned. However, the lantana is doing its thing:

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And, the holiday tree and W:

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bonus gothiness
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The garden is still pretty damp from Sunday's rain...

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Result: bonus gothiness!

Here's the kalanchoe from a distance--now definitely taller than I am:

Kalanchoe 'fantastic'

Not a lot is in bloom, but the rain HAS greened things up:

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The new crop of winter weeds also really enjoyed the rain--time to get after them...


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It's a good long time since I've posted pics, but then it's also a long time since I did anything particularly garden-oriented. Too much grading and a series of rainy weekends are my excuse. Okay, last week I cleaned up 3/4 of a bin of ash tree seeds, but that doesn't count. (Unless you REALLY enjoy demonstrations of nature's fecundity, I recommend avoiding ash trees.)

The garden is doing fine, despite neglect.

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And here's the long-awaited result of the kalanchoe's growth spurt...

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It's taller than I am, but the flowers themselves are not very impressive. I was hoping they'd be red or something.

Happy Halloween!
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Sally offers you season's greetings from the goth garden:

Sally wishes you Happy Halloween!

The garden is suffering a bit from the stress of the long dry summer but parts of it are still looking fairly nice:

Statice, lambs ears, loropetalum

Especially in close up :)

Statice, lambs ears, chiapas sage

See the kalanchoe?
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It's next to the chair...soon it's going to be taller than I am...

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the money pit
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Today I spent $60 on the garden...it's sad that it doesn't show. If I spent $60 on jeans, you might notice that I had a pair (or two) of new jeans. But in the garden, $60 just disappears. Today, it was 3 bags of lava rock for mulch ($4 each = $12); 2 kangaroo paws ($6 each = $12); a phormium ($20); an elephants food ($13); and a roll of screen ($5). Okay, the roll of screen I will cut into little pieces to go in the bottom of pots, so its non-obviousness is forgivable, but it's a little unfortunate that the rest of the stuff just vanished when added to the front yard.

toad flax
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Planted some toad flax. I've wanted to try out this annual for a few years. It's the common name for linaria maroccana, and the variety I planted has the somewhat twee name 'fairy bouquet'. Also put in some viola 'blackberry sorbet' and a smattering of scarlet flax (leftovers of the dried plants from the summer). Not an expensive investment--the linaria and violas set me back about six bucks. Of course, the linarias may come to nothing--seeds that tiny are never reliable for me. Also spent some time mowing the lawn and trimmed back some of the flowering stalks of the wild iris in the front--everything looks much tidier as a result. But this was a lot of activity for someone who is only marginally healthy--this cold is tenacious. Over a week and a half later, it's still pulling me down. I keep saying I'm on the rebound, though, and I think it's probably true.

rain
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I think I will have to give up saying that this is too early for rain...I said it last year, and we had rain. And this year, we had rain a couple of days ago (a smattering--but even that much is not usual for us at the end of September) and will evidently have more this week.

This weekend was gorgeous. Sadly, I had a nasty cold. A week later than last year, when the first-cold-of-the-school-year struck on back-to-school night, so I count myself lucky...sort of. These pics are from Saturday evening which was about as perfect as can be imagined:

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