Summer runs through mid-October here. Our average warmest days happen between now and then. It's quite warm today and it has been for two weeks.
The garden is hot, and, where unwatered, quite dry.
This shot shows some borrowed view from my neighbor's backyard which is mostly just bamboo.
I have three small "patches" of Sinningia tubiflora, and one of them is flowering now.
The pubescent, glaucus foliage from spreading tubers is nice too.
This is new. I bought an octopus agave (Agave vilmoriniana) in a 1-gallon pot for 50% off at my local nursery. I put it with my buckeye (Aesculus californica).
(In the upper left you can see one of the Dierama pulcherrimum I grew from seed.)
The buckeye drops all its leaves to avoid summer drought. It goes completely dormant, leaving just the silvery wood between now and February.
Last week, I pricked out and potted up that flat of checkerbloom (Sidalcea malviflora).
I have 40 seedlings--enough to put them everywhere in the small garden, and let them go.
I'm thinking about getting rid of my compost bin, or moving it in to the vegetable garden and using it to grow potatoes.
The compost takes so long to mature, and I can get it for free or very cheap. I could use this space...to grow plants. But the top of the compost bin is really useful to put things on. And visiting wildlife would no doubt sabotage my potato growing efforts.
Signs of fall include the blooming asters (was Aster chilensis, now has a new name I can't spell). No water for these guys since last spring.
The mock orange dropping its leaves (Philadelphus lewisii).
And the blueberry.
You can see in the light that the summer is fading.
I only noticed these bugs crawling all over the calendula when I took this picture.
Calendula seedheads are kind of interesting. The seeds themselves look like someone's toenail cippings.
Another orange flower I bought on a whim.
It has more gray foliage that I like.
Charlotte Torgovitsky recommends Asclepias curassavica as a larval host for butterflies in California.
I grew this from seed. The plants don't get that big, so I probably should have grown more than just a few.