Sparse they are but there are some blooms. Over time I'll get more focused on building up a garden with pretty plants that bloom at different times of the year and all that - but right now it's been mostly about weeding and removing things. We did spend a day in the pool area yesterday and made quite a difference though. OK, on to the blooms!
Winifred Gilman, not a lot of flowers but intense color and also aroma when you walk by.
Wee modest crimson-tipped flow'r, Robert Burns called the Scottish mountain daisy. I call this some kind of Astragalus that grows here unbidden.
Some Gnaphalium californicum, or similar - these are pinkish and everywhere.
Mexican sage, non-native - survives on no water and much loved by hummingbirds.
Another modest native, Eriogonum californicum, also survives with no irrigation.
Seaside daisy, Erigeron glaucus, getting to the end of its bloom period.
A planted sticky monkey flower, Mimulus aurantiacus.
Another planted sticky monkey:
Monardella villosa, really nearing the end - a short bloom period it seems. Maybe that's the weather this year.
More gnaphalium - it's everywhere, growing wild.
Tis the time for the little dome shaped webs to appear everywhere:
California aster, Aster chilensis - very sweet - very much a spreader:
Reliable non-native hotlips sage, blooms and blooms and blooms, and the hummingbirds love it.
Tiny flower of the ugly Madia sativa that grow here and that I kind of like anyway:
More of same, or related Madia:
Locally native, western morning glory bloom Calystega occidentalis.
While I was there I saw these snowberry berries - this is the creeping snowberry that grows wild, Symphocaripos mollis.
OK, this one is a weed, bull thistle - but it is a thistle and I am a Scot:
Here's our native sticky monkeyflower, Mimulus auriantacus - still blooming away.
Like a little jewel, the blossoms of Bee Plant, Scrophularia californica
Here it is in a delicate messy tangle that I like. Usually it grows straight up and is immediately consumed by caterpillars:
In the pool garden area, these survivors won't die. They were here when we got here. I've decided now that I like them. They don't spread, they don't need water, and they are a lovely color. And I wish I could remember their name but I'm having name blankness - you all know what they are.
Another survivor, a southern native, heartleaf penstemon, Keckiella cordifolia.
Another southern native, Encelia californica. Maybe I'll use more Southern natives in this hot dry part of the garden.
Non-native pea bush - in the same non-irrigated area.
FYI here's how it looks from a distance - a bit gray and not a lot of blossoms right now.
Non-native, Cape honeysuckle - still a few blossoms. This is the one I meant to train along the fence but never got around to...
It grows into a huge straggly but dense bush. The fence helps to support it at the base I think. I'm going to whack it back and see what happens. You're supposed to do it in late winter.
Spilling from a pot, the Sphaeralcea munroana, individual blooms looking nice, but foliage looking quite withered. I think I have it in the wrong place.
Abutilon, non native.
A Canna lily that resprouts in a big pot. I love it! So big and vivid. But they get very messy very quickly.
I love the yellow edge to this one:
And my old English garden standby, snapdragon, Antirrhinum majus, which also refuses to die and now lives a sheltered life in a pot.
Last but not least, St Catherine's Lace, Eriogonum giganteum, a channel islands bloomer. Starts white, then pink, then a nice brown - it's stunning! Gets water from the neighbor yard, I think - I never water it.
White at the start:
I love having this month by month record of what's blooming. I hope over the years that it gets better, especially during our dry summers. Though this year, we've had so much fog drip and so many cool days - El Nino year weather - that the blooms are lingering longer.
Thanks for dropping by, and thanks to Carol at May Dream Gardens for putting on the show. Off to see the other blooms now...