My favorite shrub for May/June has started to bloom, Carpenteria californica.
I have two of them side by side. They function as a sort of gate between two sections of the garden.
I enjoy the tall grasses until the flower stems start to break. I find the broken stems... distracting.
Almost all the grasses are California native perennials I grew from seed. I used Festuca californica, Festuca rubra, Nassella pulchra, Nassella cernua, and Melica californica. If I were starting over, I would probably just use Festuca californica and Nassella cernua, with maybe one or two Melica. Anyway, I'm mostly happy with the way it's worked out.
I'm very happy with this corner. I like it even more when the red dahlia comes up next to the cordyline, and flowers.
I cut down the crimson-flowering fava because they were shading out some things I wanted to grow. The cages are all ready for the tomatoes I'll plant in two or three weeks. Usually, I've already planted them by now, but they're not ready. My tomatoes took an incredibly long time to germinate this year. Oh, well.
I cleaned the witch's ball. Amazing how dirty it gets just hanging in the rain.
The tall tree fuchsias are getting more popular here all the time. Fuchsia 'Miep Aalhuizen' grows vigorously all winter and flowers profusely through San Francisco's foggy summers.
Most of the cloud forest asters bloom in winter, but Bartlettina sordida flowers in spring. Usually it's done by now, but we had a long, "cold" winter.
The leaves are huge and fabulous.
Well, the plant is huge. The bottom of the deck is 11' up; Bartlettina would grow right into it if I didn't prune.
I'm excited I might get two apples this fall. Wish me luck!