High Wind Warning


Okay with wind

A high wind warning for tonight.  Though we've had a few mild Santa Ana events lately, this looks to be the first strong one, with accompanying fire dangers and possible power outages.  The electricity not going out and no wildfires will be plenty to be Thankful For. 

Wazzup in the garden--the latest mild Santa Ana stripped the 'Oshio Bene' Acer nearly clean, leaving a heretofore well hidden bird's nest exposed.  

 A Mockingbird was hanging around the Acer this spring, an unusual thing.  Was it her?  Or a Pacific Coast Flycatcher, like last year?  Mockingbirds are usually roving out front, near the Oak.  Whoever she was, I hope she had success raising her chicks.  

On the other hand, resident Mockingbirds suffered disappointment this week in the loss of the towering Agave marmorata flower stem they loved to perch upon.  Time to bring it down before it fell on the neighbor's expensive car, which is usually parked right below it.  

 The car was absent one morning, so I jumped on the opportunity and dropped the stem down pretty much where I aimed it--between the Kumara (Aloe) plicatilis and one of the Yucca queretaroensis.   

Right about there:

 A snapped off Limonium flower stem and an Agave parryi truncata leaf tip were the only casualties.   

 Free Christmas Tree substitute, too.  I could spray paint it gold or silver and stick it on the front slope, to amuse or annoy the neighbors.  

One recent plant purchase, Salvia 'Heatwave Breeze', a hybrid between S. microphylla and S. greggii.  S. greggii has not done well here.  I asked a Texas gardener about that species, because it looked fabulous in many different gardens during the Austin Garden Blogger's Fling back in 2018.   She replied that the deer constantly nibble them.   That's a clue--regular tipping back may help. 

Besides the towering Agave stem, the Puya finally came out last week.  It had a moderate but very stubborn root system.  45 minutes of rocking back and forth in different spots with a garden fork popped it out.  The fork is where the Puya was:

I had to saw it into several pieces to make it light enough to get into the green waste.  The leaves were light, but the stumpy bases were dense and heavy.  It was growing on the slope for at least ten years.  I didn't treat it quite right, but it didn't do much for me, either. 

Not much in the way of beauty shots this post.  One of the Alstroemerias never did go dormant, and it is flowering again.  One leaf of a Cordyline 'Festival Grass' makes a perfect intrusion, color-wise:

The trunk of the smaller 'Hercules' Aloe has a wonderful texture just now:
The texture resembles something like bare branches, stripped of leaves by strong winds. 

 I'm very thankful this year for 'Beloved' the rose, and Beloved, the husband.  

They are both gems.    Happy Thanksgiving.  Gratitude is a beautiful thing. 

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High Wind Warning