2021 was already a popular year before it got started. Many wanted 2020 to end, as if all the unpleasantries of last year would end with it. To me, the first day of this year seemed to be just like any of the few last days of last year. That is not necessarily bad. There was quite a bit of good last year, even with all of the unpleasantries. Many of us see examples of it in our gardens.

Well, these pictures happen to be from yesterday, the first day of January and 2021.

1. Eucalyptus sideroxylon, red ironbark, is the first tree I planted in 2021, on New Year’s Day. It died back last spring, and regenerated with shrubby growth, so got pruned to a single trunk.

2. It should be glad to be out of its can, and into a new home. It originated as a root sucker of a tree that had been cut down. It came up with roots when I pulled it, so could not be discarded.

3. Agave attenuata, foxtail agave, got run over on Pacific Avenue in Santa Cruz. It was not crossing the road, but just minding its own business in a median. I could not leave it there like that.

4. It should be happy here. Adventitious roots are already developing on the trunk. A small section of the base of the trunk was cut off and canned so that new pups could mature separately.

5. Hedychium gardnerianum, Kahili ginger, originated from a neglected landscape near where the red ironbark eucalyptus originated from. Foliage from last year will shrivel through winter.

6. Quercus lobata, valley oak, is the Memorial Tree, and is the first tree that I pruned in 2021. It is developing well. I will return to stabilize the lodgepole stake, and adjust the binding stake.

This is the link for Six on Saturday, for anyone else who would like to participate:


19 thoughts on “Six on Saturday: HAPPY NEW YEAR!

    1. Interesting. I thought that it was more of a metaphor for criminal activity. The red ironbark eucalyptus was procured as a root sucker from an original tree that had been cut down on County property. The ginger was procured from a neglected portion of landscape on another County property nearby. The agave was procured from a median landscape within a nearby municipality. The Memorial Tree was planted in Felton Covered Bridge Park with only permission from the gardener there, but without an official permit. (That is partly how the vandal who tried twice to kill it justified her behavior.) But hey, your metaphor is more appealing.

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      1. Well, they had no future otherwise. The agave would have been discarded. The eucalyptus would have been pulled up (and discarded). The ginger will soon die out. We happened to want the same agave and eucalyptus at work, and I wanted the ginger. Such recycling is very common for us.


    1. I do not know. WordPress did it for me. It was an option where the pictures were uploaded. I think it is ‘image comparison’. I saw that others were doing it, so thought I should give it a try. It is best with a stationary camera.

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    1. Yes, I suppose so. The poor agave looked so disheveled in the gutter after getting run over, but now seems to be pleased to recover. The eucalyptus and ginger would have been removed from their landscapes and discarded, but somehow convinced me to relocate them to where they will be an asset to another landscape. The Memorial Tree has really had it rough, with previous unintentional assaults by weed whackers, and two attempts at murdering it by a hateful vandal.


    1. There are already too many pups from the wrong sorts of agaves here, but this one happens to be a species that we had been wanting to add. It is not so aggressive in the landscape, and will not impale anyone with wicked spines.


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