tomorrow. Right now we're waiting.
The pots on the roof need some attention.
Many things have died and most of what's left is pretty boring. This one is nice. That's Nassella tenuissima, Echeveria 'Afterglow' and Cotyledon orbiculata v. longifolium.
(In the background you can see the former pan o' succulents, now a pan o' species tulips and crocus bulbs. We'll find out soon if those bulbs will come back after baking in situ all summer on the roof. If so, great. If not, it's back to succulents. But no cactus next time--nothing prickly that makes it hard to weed out the hundreds of Nassella volunteers.)
Agastache does okay up here. The hummingbirds come for it, so I'll have some more next year. I believe this is 'Heronswood Purple'. (Sorry about this picture; looking at it hurts my eyes.)
We need a handyman to come out and replace some rain gutter. I tried snaking it clean, but that didn't work. Then we tried to flush it clean with a hose. That didn't work either and now the hose is stuck inside the drain!
It's a five foot length, and it's clogged right here, in the middle.
The line ends here and drops straight down to the sewer.
The gutter on the other side of the house empties into rain barrels before they overflow and run into the garden. A cistern would be great, if only it was feasible.
You can only see a glimpse of the garden from up here.
But we can go down.
So, this is the garden at the end of summer. Once the rains come, our fall-winter pattern begins. I predict there will still be warm days in October, and again in January. But the fun is mostly over until April or so.
I'm not having any luck yet getting fall color from any Acer. Maple leaves go straight from green to brown without passing through yellow, orange, or red. But Vitis works.
I recently added a second grape to the garden; fall 2010 will be more fun.
Obviously, I have a thing for vines...
Sometime in the next few months, these guys all need to find homes.
And there's more after that.
Always more. More, more, more.
It's the garden of unrestrained appetite.
Speaking of appetite, the favas have sprouted.
And I have put some snap peas over here in the area reclaimed from the bamboo that I haven't gotten inspired about yet.
Emma suggested putting a rose on the fence, an idea that had occurred to me. I have 'Honey Bouquet' in a pot, taking up one of my prime sitting locations.
Inspiration will come. In the meantime, we're expecting rain.