Reminders and promises in the garden this month.
California Fuschia, Zauschneria, is blooming bang on schedule though, maybe a little late - this is a tall varietal whose name I now forget. Blooms every year, no irrigation.
Above, the last two of the monkey flower cultivars remind me of summer, in a sea of otherwise browning vegetation. Time to be pruning them back.
And a few seaside daisies. These have provided color all summer long, but it's getting time to cut them way back.
Encelia californica blooming heartily - it's a really reliable plant for the drought tolerant garden, it seems. Southern California native.
Pea bush is an underappreciated standby too. South African I think. No irrigation but look how green, and always in flower it seems.
Now for the promise. OK, lie down and look at this, because I forgot to rotate it to the left! It's the Hedychium greenii, Scarlet ginger, from the Himalayas. Still in its pot till tomorrow anyway.
Salvia Darcyi, non native, showing the scarlet blooms that promise to fill out this bed next year!
Abutilon Palmeri - promises to be a favorite of mine if it thrives in the garden. A Southern California native that can take reflected heat - good to know. I love that buttery yellow. If you like salted butter that is.
Also in its pot still, Hermannia verticillata, honeybells, another South African native, which I hope will spill over the front of border. Bees are already loving this plant.
Scarlet bugler bugling away in its pot - Penstemon Centranthifolius, Native to dry slopes in the coast ranges and Southern Sierras. Needs very gravelly soil, little organic matter, little water.
Above - a dudleya awaiting planting is budding. Anybody know what kind it is? I think it was mislabeled at the plant sale as Dudleya cymosa. Pictures I see on the web have more of a flattened pointy leaf, though fleshy.
My little patio friend that blooms and blooms! Snapdragon, or Antirrhinum (which means "like a nose!). And below, two other patio friends, in friendly semi-shade, abutilons both, non native.
Last but not least - the buckwheat St Catherine's Lace, Eriogonum giganteum. It is turning a rich reddish brown - I love it. I should put some of it in the pool garden maybe... Hm...
My coblogger has wonderful native plant blooms on show - go see hers! And then please do visit May Dreams Gardens to pick another flower from the bouquet of blogs she hosts every month. Thanks, Carol!