Although some Aloes bloom during the summer, their starring role in the garden is autumn through mid spring. Flower stems are appearing.
Aloe x 'Moonglow'
One happy surprise: an Aloe I grew from seed started in March of 2014(!) is finally going to flower. The seed was from this Aloe capitata:The seedling appears to be a hybrid. I eagerly await the flower.
Encasing the tomato kennel with hardware cloth is complete after tedious labor that took several days. But come next summer, fully protected tomatoes!
I removed the old tomato plant, moved several Dahlias and dug/amended the soil for onions which will be planted in December and harvested in late spring. Tomatoes will take the space for summer and early fall.
A quick rare trip to the nearby garden center for soil amendment. I went early. There were just a couple of other customers and a couple of employees, everyone masked, and plenty of space for distancing. Besides the amendment, a couple of plants came home, too.
Grevillea 'Spirit of ANZAC' is a newish introduction. This shrub gets 6-8' wide and 10' tall. It will join Grevilleas 'Medusa', 'Peaches and Cream', 'Ned Kelly', and 'Robyn Gordon' in the Proteana garden. Removing a failed Banksia, a gone-woody Leonotis (there are seedlings), and an interesting but massive Aloe seeding made room.
The Aloe had a beautiful flower but the plant was forming an enormous clump.
Grevillea 'Spirit of ANZAC':
The other plant purchase was probably a mistake. It's a New Zealand alpine plant--Southern California is not its climate. Oh well. It was small and inexpensive. If I don't kill it someone else in Southern California probably will. Ozothamnus coralloides.
Different birds in the urn bath lately--Western Bluebirds. The Goldfinches are annoyed. The House finches (on the right) jump right in with the Bluebirds (on the left):
It seems like the birds are in a relaxed and playful mood these days. The intense focus and work of breeding season is gone. It almost seemed like they were splashing each other for the fun of it.
Elsewhere in the garden, berries ornament Myrtus communis...
...fantastical foliage color appears in November's soft sunrises...