Welcome to Garden Blogger Bloom Day, hosted once again by Carol at May Dreams Gardens.
It is still summer here in Central California, by date and by temperature. Tomatoes and peppers are not done blooming and setting. It is not quite as hot as it was, though, so the abutilons have resumed blooming. I love this peachy one even though I am not a big fan of orangy colors.
Autumnal signs are appearing, however, such as the sedums blooming by the front sidewalk.
Pelargoniaums bloom around the yard, as they will continue to do for a while.
The wisteria is not quite done either, to the delight of the carpenter bees who visit it all day long.
I don't do a lot of annuals as there just isn't a lot of space for them but this little strip of seed started zinnias has been wonderful. Hummingbirds, bees, and even a swallowtail have visited them. I will definitely do these again next year.
I do usually find a few pots or little spaces to tuck in some portulaca. I have just always liked them and they can take all the abuse I dish out, like forgetting to water them for days at a time. Pots dry out quickly so here they need to have plants that are tough.
You may have noticed that despite my claim of not liking orange flowers there are orange zinnias and orange portulaca. I suppose I am becoming a more tolerant gardener!
Also blooming today:
lavender pinnata buchii
That solanum might soon join the other recently departed solanum in the compost bin. They are just too happy here. But for now it blooms on.
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