I drove up by way of Liberty Road this afternoon. There are the beginnings of a Blossom Trail in the Delta and along Kettleman Lane in Lodi – a few isolated ornamental trees, one or two small orchards.
Berkeley Hort was a Bonanza today:
- A replacement Foothills Penstemon, hardy to 15 degrees, deer resistant and drought tolerant. Seems like a natural for the ranch almost in the foothills.
- A one gallon matilija poppy (romneya coulteri). Replacement for Matilda, the third sister on the bank below the retaining wall.
- Artemisia, a new plant. I was looking for silver foliage for contrast in the new plot in the back yard and decided against the native Dusty Miller in Dry Ideas section.
- Neem oil for pest control, as Del recommended.
I weeded the circle garden at the barn as I came in, now a regular routine. I was pleased to see new growth on all the plants, not just the oenothera and blue-eyed grass.
I planted the penstemon and matilija poppy with Plant Starter and soil amendment. The heavy clay soil and rock shelf do not drain well.
I added supplemental water all round. Dry weather is expected for another two weeks with slightly higher temperatures. I am on a mission to keep the ice plant border grounded, weeded and watered. The aeonium took a hit being away from the shelter of the house. I will see if a small amount of water will revive it.