Painted Lady butterfly on the Gomphrena. Monarchs and multiple other butterflies ignored the Gomphrena, but the several dozen migrating Painted Ladies who flew by yesterday treated it like a Las Vegas all-you-can-eat buffet.
Sore thumb: Phylica pubescens at the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum hints at the trickiness of this plant in the landscape. Muted soft gold and pale green foliage screams like hot pink at certain times of the day. Sore thumb as in sticks out like a.
Glowing Leucadendrons can't quite equal the glow of a backlit Phylica; the Restios don't have a chance.
Back at home, green and raw-copper shades of Sedum nussbaumerianum 'Coppertone' seems to agree with a new Phylica, purchased at the Arboretum.
Hmm. Might work.
More vignettes to be had at Flutter and Hum.