The weekend rain tipped Calistemon
It is about 4' tall (121 cm) at this time.
At the beginning of May, it looked like this--not much different:
The 100 or so gallons of rain water I collected over the weekend largely went to the struggling Pittosporum 'Marjorie Channon' hedge. The plants have some new growth; precious rain water may help that along.
Over the weekend, before the rain, we went to the local garden center to see their little Dahlia show. Phone-photos by Beloved:
The floral variety of Dahlia hybrids never ceases to amaze. One thing I noticed recently--the Monarchs in their butterfly form visit the flowers with open centers--it was a surprise at first, until I remembered Dahlias, like Monarchs, are native to Mexico.
Provided with a 20% coupon for bringing a few assuredly non-winners to the show, a Restio purchased on a whim--usually a bad idea. Elegia fistulosa.
Undoubtedly in the "vertical accent" class. No clue where to plant it. It wants sun, good drainage and no reflected heat. The first two are easily provided.
What is the usual placement for a vertical accent?