This santolina sums up the state of the garden pretty well. Peak flowering was in the past or hasn’t started up yet, but I’m enjoying where it’s at right now. This particular plant bloomed four months ago, but I liked the dead flower heads so much that I’ve left them on the plant.
California fuchsia, Epilobium ‘Route 66’ peaked about 6 weeks ago.
We actually had some significant rain–0.4 inches–last week. It was appreciated, but it also knocked off some of the plant’s flowers.
But it still looks pretty good. Here it is giving a little shade and color contrast to a chalk dudleya.
Bladderpod (Isomeris arborea) is a reliable bloomer for the times of year when most of the other natives have stopped blooming. It’s never covered with flowers, but there always seem to be a few on each of the ends on its branches.
Not peak monkeyflower season, either. This is all that’s blooming right now. One flower.
Corethrogyne filaginifolia is another reliable plant for this difficult time of year.
And you can always count on the grasses. This is purple three-awn, Aristida purpurea.
Among the non-natives this stapelia (S. gigantea) pretty much owns the garden with its big floppy flowers that smell of dead meat. Charming, disgusting and weird. I don’t apologize for it anymore.
You know things are slow when you show pictures of rosemary blooming. I’ll apologize for that, however.
But there’s a ltitle bit more…
And there are a few other things:
A red aloe I’m forgetting the name of…
A big magenta bougainvillea
A somewhat pampered orchid: Vanda roeblingiana
Hopefully autumn is bringing great things to all your gardens. Ongoing thanks to Carol of May Dreams Gardens for hosting Garden Bloggers Bloom Day. Take a look at who’s got what blooming all around the world: [ link ]