He stuck his nose in something:
You know how it is: you stick your nose in an area, remove one problem plant, and suddenly realize the whole area needs re-working.
The rat-sheltering rosemary removed, I saw the Avocado tree needed a bit of trimming; the neighbor's thirsty vine ground cover needed to be dug back to the property line, weeds to remove, the 'Le Vesuve' was full of dead canes, and on and on. The whole slope could be the Spring Project. I decided to wander the garden and think on that. The Winter project's 'Reed' Avocado is now bought and planted. I could find a 'Reed' nowhere. I special ordered it. It did not arrive. I called and called. Still not in. Cancelled the special order. Dropped in at a different garden center and there were a row of fresh 'Reed's waiting for me, at $10 less. Welcome, baby tree!
The bare root Austin roses I planted a week or so ago are sprouting. Hmm. There's an aphid already...
The Bursera is waking:
The Cercis is breaking:
Gasteraloe 'Green Ice' is celebrating the end of winter:
As is Hippeastrum 'Rilona':
As am I. When you wander the garden, you forget your problems. You might even forget the garden's problems.