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Desert cassia
March 02, 2019. The first weekend in March – time to return seriously to the garden, in which the weeds have proliferated through the mild winter. I decided to give the lawnmower a spin, mostly to lop off all of the weeds that had started to create a prairie look – including the offspring of last year's massive sunflower. But the real work is in the borders, where the honeymoon period after starting a new garden is definitely over: myriads of weeds have aggressively colonized, ignoring mulch and proving surprisingly hard to control. I see a full-fledged battle coming on! Of course, I wouldn't be in the garden if there weren't pretty things to admire – like the clear-yellow flowers of our desert cassia, which I planted late autumn and luckily survived the decidedly undesertlike conditions of our wet winter. Other plants newly in bloom include Aloe 'Blue Elf', Leucojum aestivum 'Gravitye Giant', and colorful freesias. Add to that plants that never stopped blooming, like Salvia involucrata that kept on producing its popping-magenta flowers all through winter, and there's plenty of reward for weeding duties. Now that the major garden areas have been mostly defined through the border-building projects of the past two years, I'm looking forward to creating some cohesion in the tapestry of plants, while finding space for last year's and this year's seedlings.

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