Above: happy it's cooler. Even Blondie (far right) is feeling good again.
When I woke this morning it felt like Autumn, not summer. Hooray! Being outdoors during daylight hours--what a treat! The gardener and some of the plants will be happier now that the worst of summer is over. Other of the plants, not so happy.
A new Tillandsia xerographica, cheap and from a big-box store, of all things! I killed the first one, though it may have had a rot problem at purchase. Do these want it hot or not? Unsure.
Leucophyllum candidum 'Thunder Cloud' had no flowers on Thursday. None. Today is Saturday. It was that fast. These plants bloom in response to a good drench. Flowers aside, we'll call it a likes heat plant.
The Gomphrena, a six pack of tiny plants, has grown rampantly. Another hot weather enjoyer.
Bismarkia noblis has grown three new fronds. Heat-lover.
Graptopetalum is on the other hand mostly dormant in summer heat. This plant drapes beautifully, though the bare base of the plant is not overwhelmingly attractive. Best placed where you can't quite see the bare base.
I was shocked to see a flower stem (indicated by white arrow) emerging from an orchid I've tortured for years and years. The shorter days and cooler nights have stimulated bloom?
A trio of very aggressive male Hummingbirds have come to an uneasy understanding of whose territory is where. One is getting the northwestern part of the garden, which includes several Salvias, Grevilleas, and Russellia, another has taken over the Salvias, Grevilleas, and Aloes on either side of the front walk; the last has laid claim to the front slope full of Aloes, Metrosideros, Calothamnus, and Grevillea 'Moonlight'. The males are still chasing off females at this point. One clever girl managed to get considerable nectar by flying low and staying below the Aloe flowers of 'Cynthia Gitty', one summer-loving Aloe:
Winners and losers in the change of season, but ahhh...the gardener sure is happy. There is more hot weather ahead, but not today.