We took a drive Sunday morning to visit a favorite nursery and found plenty of beauty there.
Photos kindly and excellently taken by Beloved, while the blogger looked around.
Orange Aechmea blanchetiana on the left, blue Agave attenuata 'Nova' on the right, palm decorated with epiphytes in the middle.
A good array of Cactus and Euphorbia:
Rose 'Climbing Eden' grows impressively in small holes in the asphalt.
Agapanthus 'Queen Mum' has a similar coloration to 'Twister'/'Indigo Frost', but the flower stalks appear to be taller and the flower heads fuller.
Look the other way...lots to see.
We went early to avoid the worst of crowds and August heat. It was a beautiful morning down close to the ocean in San Juan Capistrano.
Can you spot the blogger?
A saturated orange Begonia shouts "Summer!"
Rudbeckias say it in a more restrained tone:
A close up of the bromeliads, including Tillandsias, Epidendrum orchids, and Rhipsalis-type cactus, growing on a palm trunk. I've got some Epidendrums--maybe I'll try securing a few in a tree to see how they do.
There was a good selection of various native California milkweeds for sale, but the Monarchs were at A. curassavica. Our native milkweeds take some time to get going before they flower. They are a multi-year commitment. A. curassavica flowers very quickly as a young plant and reseeds with abandon.
The new plantings around the koi pond, maturing quickly, look great. Libertia perigrines in the foreground is a grass-like plant that glows when back-lit. Tried, it, killed it. Twice. I may have purchased unhealthy plants. Twice.
Our garden is too hot for Armeria--or at least it always dies when summer arrives, so I get my Armeria fix by admiring it here.
Pink, blue, lavender, aqua...love the colors:
And what did I get? Clockwise, from the top...
Ceanothus megacarpus, to either replace the somewhat weedy looking second Iochroma planted two years ago in the gully top terrace, or to grow in the space between two unhappy Pittosporums as a screening plant. C. megacarpus feeds certain native butterflies and is native to this very area. It may once have grown right around here. Welcome back!
Leucadendron 'Chief', supposedly quite a tall grower (10'/3 M), to act as a screening plant wherever the Ceanothus doesn't end up.
Agapanthus (yes, one more!) 'Prunetucky Summer', a Monterey Bay introduction. I'm trying several different kinds of Agapanthus--will keep the best, give away the rest. The word "Prunetucky" is apparently a waggish term used locally in Monterey County.
Back at home, it's not that bad--'Dynamite' is in flower.Hot color for hot weather.