After a very few (two) days of cool autumn weather, heat returned. All gardening stopped. Again.
The Beaucarnea doesn't mind.
Might as well make the climb to see if the first Stapelia flower has opened. Past Agave marmorata...
Past Agave guiengola.
Past Yucca linearifolia--oh, no. Something is wrong. Look at how the lowest green leaves of the Yucca are hanging limply downwards.
Oh, boy. Look at the base of the leaves. They are brown. Something is seriously wrong. Darn!
Darn. I thought Yucca were immortal here. What could have happened? Yuccas don't tire of summer. Ah...the Stapelia flower did open, and a fly is enjoying it.
They are such cool flowers, but I wish they didn't attract flies.
As for the Yucca...there is a spare, a Y. queretaroensis planted too close to a Metrosideros 'Springfire' that really must be moved. It can has linearifolia's spot, if linearifolia doesn't live. I moved the other queretaroensis successfully about two years ago.
Here is the queretaroensis just after planting in fall 2011, circled at uppermost left. If you look carefully you can see the sprinkler head in both photos, though I changed out the type of sprinkler in the mean time:
We'll see what happens. This seemingly endless summer--our first really miserable heat wave of the year was back in March, and it's mid-October. Seven months of summer. I begin to think a shadier garden might be a good thing.
Yesterday, I visited a shady garden of mostly standard evergreen shrubs, trees, and lawns. It's completely different from my own. I like it a lot. It's well maintained, with a peaceful vibe.
Many succulents do great in shady spots in California.
The homeowners have cut back on water to meet conservation goals, but only the lawn and a few recently planted shrubs show any hint of less water. Most plants are long established and have had little trouble with less water.
There's an air conditioning unit right there, completely hidden.
Large, long established Camellias with shaded root systems looked great.
Lush and green, but meeting conservation numbers!
Lots of gateways and paths.
Even a thirstier plant like a Hibiscus looked healthy and happy:
One of the few less common plants in the garden, a Mayten tree,
Shade. A way to fight endless summer.