Last year I completed construction on my backyard in April and finished planting new trees, shrubs, and flowers by mid May. Unfortunately, due to the unusally hot weather in southern California and my lack of timing in planting, an alarmingly high number of plants died out; it was well over 100 degrees in May and half of my bare root roses were killed. Even my horticultural consultant lady reported a few of her own casualties. So by the end of the year, many spots in my garden were bare.
This year, I learned from my previous mistakes and planned way ahead. I ordered my David Austin roses, as well as a few other plants, from the local Armstrong instead of on-line. They delivered quality plants and I enjoyed great service last year; I definitely expect the same this year.
While waiting for my plants to come in, I captured a few images of life in my garden. Those that survived the ordeal of the hot summer are thriving.
More to report next month.