Russelia equisetiformisLeucophyllum candidum 'Thunder Cloud':
As many wide shots as possible because everything looks pretty great thanks to double our typical yearly rainfall total, and August's Tropical Storm Hilary.
The rain and the plants did wonderful things together. A September garden as happy and bloom-filled as April's is unprecedented.
A Sanseveria flower! Plus the Pyrrosia foliage all clean and glossy from Hilary's steady rain:
The actual flowers on this Aechmea are the lavender bits--the pink structure is a lure to pollinators:
The bee appeared to have slept on the Zinnia all night--it and the Zinnia were both dewy. I was unsure it was alive, but it buzzed the dew off its wings and flew off a few seconds after I took the photo:
'Northern Lights Blend':
I ended up using a chunk of concrete to straighten up Mangave 'Kaleidoscope' because its leaning flower stalk blocked the path. It appears to have used up its root system creating this towering stalk:
Whoa! There goes Agave parrasana:
And Drimia maritima:Eriocapitella 'Pretty Lady Emily'. That's a lot of pink:
The Leucophyllum again. In person it is simply marvelous. I went out several times just to stare at it.
Yep, a lot of pink:
Dahlia 'Duet' I worried about, because it was buried under a mass of sweet peas all spring. Though it took time to get going, it looks good now. (Thanks, T.S. Hilary!)
Protea 'Sylvia' has many flowers, some lightly toasted by the weekend heat wave we suffered.
I sorely missed summer roses the past several years. They were mostly all ruined by chili thrips.
"Scirtothrips dorsalis is an extremely successful invasive species of pest-thrips which has expanded rapidly from Asia over the last twenty years, and is gradually achieving a global distribution"
For whatever reason, they didn't arrive this year.
One last picture, not a flower, but a critter. The photo made me smile because everything was out of focus except for the orb weaver spider, which is visible and in focus in the top far left of the photo. These spiders make big webs across paths and we must watch out for them at this time of year:
Nothing says "Summer's almost over" like walking face-first into a spider's web: