Happy Fourth of July!
We have friends coming over for a BBQ in a few hours, so this will be short. (ADDED: I found time to make it long.)
San Francisco had a soaking fog last night, and the cloud cover is still heavy and low. Despite that (because of it?), it's warm.
This was at noon. Fireworks displays seem unlikely for tonight. You know California gets no rain for at least six months of the year, hence our mediterranean gardening climate. This kind of summer fog on the coast adds some more options. But more on that later.
Just in bud 'Jude the Obscure' is still very fragrant. I guess this kind of weather is bad for roses. We shall see.
I'm sure the natives don't mind the weather. They count on in it.
Vitis foliage is esp nice this time of year.
Elsewhere in foliage news, something is chewing on a little maple, Acer circinatum.
And I bought this unidentified houseplant and put it in the garden last month. It's doing just fine.
I enjoy the range of creamy oranges on Mimulus aurantiacus this time of year.
Merits a close-up.
This is Streptanthus farnsworthianus. I didn't grow very much of it this year, which I regret.
In nature, this California annual grows on serpentine soils. Serpentine has relatively large amounts of chromium, manganese, and nickel--metals that can be toxic to plants. Unsurprisingly, serpentine supports a variety of endemics, many of which also grow well in more ordinary soil.
Echeveria 'Metalica' is newish to the garden. I got it a few months ago and it's sending out lots of future cuttings.
The bed it's in will get a makeover this fall. I'm going to replace a Ceanothus with this fig...my first fig.
This Beschorneria I bought last week at UC Berkeley will go in there too...
...and some other things that have yet to be determined.
I've kept this one Gilia growing in the tomato patch all summer.
I have not harvested a single ripe tomato yet this year.
But they're a comin'.
And so is one pumpkin.
I have one fruit, and I've been snipping off all subsequent female flowers... The idea is to see how big a pumpkin can get in my garden.
(Oh, to discourage raccoons, I put all the pots and unused cobbles and flagstones I could find in the garden, between all the plants. That's why it looks all crowded like that.)
This is the best picture yet of the Keckiella cordifolia insofar as showing how the long stems arch and spread.
The hummers spend a lot of time working this plant. My camera wasn't built for them.
They love the flowers on the snowberry too, which got spritzed by the fog.
Guy just got back from the market and I need to help him make preparations. More later.
Have a Happy 4th!