We're expecting substantial rain

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.









2009-10-12; Senecio cristobalensis


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.

Vitis californica

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.



Michelle said...

Your end of summer garden looks a lot prettier than mine. Are those crimson favas?

chuck b. said...

Yes, inspired by you! I gave some seeds/beans to my dad last summer (he planted them immediately--d'oh!) so I have fewer than I would have had otherwise.

Gail said...

Chuck, You have some very beautiful flowers that i can't id! But they are gorgeous! it seems here in Middle Tennessee, we are always expecting rain! This is our dry season;) We don't know what happened. My experience with the species tulips is they love to be baked all summer and wet in the winter! I think they will flourish. gail

Nancy said...

Here in Bonny Doon (SC Mountains) we're waiting for the storm too. Covered the compost bin, put tarps over the pile of topsoil, cleaned the gutters and storm drain, checked out the generator. We have to drive over Hiway 17 tomorrow morning to Stanford Hospital, hope it won't be too bad, or my husband's knee replacement will have to be rescheduled!

Christopher C. NC said...

Rain you say? A big rain hitting the west coast. Why that should get here right after this solid week of rain is finishing up. I'm molding.

Your garden has a much stronger sense of structure in the aerial view that puts the path into view. I wish I could tell you that more land is the solution to the garden of unrestrained appetite, but I think I will be living proof soon enough that it isn't.

Frances said...

It looks great to me Chuck. Unrestrained seed starting, what is it about seeds? Maybe the price, so cheap so why not? We have such a backlog of seeds that half of them have been scattered willy nilly outside where there is bare soil, not much of that here though. There are still a zillion packets of seeds in the basket and yes, more were ordered. Sigh. I wanted you to know that I do not dress up my kitties, they would rebel. I was just holding a hat on them for a second while a photo was snapped. Hope your tulips work out. What ones are they? The littles?

Layanee said...

I adore Tibouchina. Raining here today and I hope it is raining on your garden but just for a short while.

Phillip Oliver said...

I just looked at the radar and it looks like you are really getting it now. We have had more than our fair share this year but I'm not going to complain.

Germi said...

Okay. I am starting to think you have a garden bigger than 40ft! HOW do you get ALL of that awesomeness into the tiny teensy weensy space!
If I ever complain about not having enough room to do what I want to do in my garden, you have my permission to slap me. Or to give me a nasty look.
LOVE the vitis purpurea! I keep meaning to sneak one into my garden, as a companion to my red passiflora. And the cobea scandens! J'adore!

So nice to see that your 40 Feet are going very strong this fall!