Our heat wave was brief. June Gloom! A little more time to garden. Wheee!
'Home Run' in early March:
'Home Run' leafed out--barely--in early March, and it sat, slowly dropping leaves and dying back and turning black until a month ago, when I dug it out, intending to toss it. For some reason unknown, I cut off the dead bits (most of it) and potted it.
What is in that pot!?!?
Still futzing around with the bottom of the front slope. Mulch makes all the difference. I moved Aloe sinkatana from where it was being engulfed by Maireana sedifolia to join the 'Roikoppe's as a yellow accent. Some internet surfing reveals what is now in local commerce as A. sinkatana is more probably a newly discovered species called Aloe zubb. What a name, eh? The source of the name "zubb" is somewhat--hmm--read about it here. Maybe more 'Roikoppe's for the red "x"s, or I could split up the "zubb"s?
Geranium 'Tiny Monster' became quite beautiful in our long stretch of May Grey. It won't look this good come August.
More combination experimentation--this day lily's flowers, name forgotten, has the identical colors of the Gazania (that flower is faded). I think they belong together. A move for next winter.
The little 'Queen Victoria' Lobelia has grown rapidly and flower buds can be seen developing in the top of the plant. I water it daily with the water I use to rinse out the coffee pot. It's happy, I'm looking forward to the intensely saturated crimson flowers.
Small and just planted, the Phylica is already performing its anticipated task of glowing like fire in late afternoon light. The cage is for protection while it settles in.
Smears of green Sideritis flowers mixed with the black foliaged Lagerstroemia, with Gazania and the Phylica in the background made an interesting abstract--for my eyes, anyway.
Ah. What I thought were the Ballota flowers had not opened yet--the open flowers are pink! Still, a cool plant.
I like this combo too, the Kalanchoe orgyalis with the Ballota. The Ballota is currently overwhelming the Kalanchoe, but that will change.
The Erigonum grand rubescens, tiny plant though it is, burst forth with flowers in the past few days. So glad I didn't miss them, hiding in the house from the heat. Still these flowers are long-lived, nearly all summer. This California native is considered amount the choicest for floral beauty. I brought the little plant regular collected rain water from our measly winter, and this is how it thanks me. What a fabulous thank you! I killed the first plant with insufficient water. CA native need some water, especially when small and new.
Little plant, how can I help you grow bigger?
Delicious food for native bees and butterflies...and for the eyes.
We discovered on our recent Huntington excursion that their Aloe brevifolias were in full bloom, so late spring is their normal bloom here in California. A nice extension of the Aloe show. Now we just need some summer bloomers to make the show year-round.