Can anyone resist Kangaroo Paws?
Aren't they strange and cute and fierce, all at once?
I fell for them so hard when I first started gardening, but had such a hard time keeping them going! The first year after I put them in the ground they'd always look great, but every year after they'd just get skimpier and skimpier, until they would just peter out completely.
Well, what I found out after I installed my irrigation system, is that they do like their water. Since they are from Australia, they are of course pretty xeric (a fancy gardener word for dry-loving), but they seem to really appreciate a consistent, small amount of H2O. And another thing - if I cut down the stems right after they go crunchy and give up the ghost, I'll have a bumper crop of blooms the next growing season. I always like to keep spent blossoms on the plant as long as possible, to facilitate self-seeding and to give birds and other wildlife things to perch on and snack on - but this is one ofRead More »from Check Out My Kangaroo Paws!