I am back from Christmas celebrations in San Diego and Fresno. I leave Highway 99 at the Waterloo exit, and all the stress of the journey drains away.
I had a few hours of daylight this afternoon to survey the garden. Forecast is for sun and clear skies the next few days. I watered all the succulents and potted plants front and back. The plumbago seems to require a great deal of water and consistent watering.
I pruned the barberry on front border garden to control sprawl and to remove dead growth. I left lots of gold and wine colored foliage. While I had the clippers out, I pruned the center geraniums, pink and magenta. The pruning of the large pink geranium may have been over enthusiastic. I removed lots of dead undergrowth, and when I stood back the plant was looking very sparse. Close to a Charlie Brown geranium. Can always hope for new spring growth.
Two of the matilija poppies showing buds and new life. I watered them as well as the potted agaves and aloes, and the in-ground crassula and crape myrtle.
Each day I am in residence at the ranch I prune a large handful of rock rose for Spots. It appears to more of a favorite than geraniums. The down slope rock rose is looking decently compact; Spots and I need to begin on the rock rose further up the slope.