First, this is the view out our front door (we have a glass “screen” door so we can enjoy the view securely). These Canna have never bloomed better than they are this year. Looking to the north…
And to the south…
Now we are outside, looking back at the garden towards the southwest.
With the addition of the bargain Puyas (from my visit to Dancing Oaks Nursery), the growing Canna’s, and a couple more Prickly Pears from the kind neighbor, this area has really filled in.
The Tetrapanax has grown, as they tend to do. No babies yet.
The purple Cordyline that came back from the dead is also achieving some size. And the prostrate Ceanothus has spread out a bit.
On the right, glowing in the sun, is my Manzanita… Arctostaphylos densiflora 'Harmony.' I am as in love with this plant now as the day that I bought it.
It’s gown just a little bit, and I’m okay with that, as long as it lives through the winter. That is all I’m asking.
Thanks to the huge Verbascum the northwest corner is looking good.
The $1.99 Callistemon has responded to what summer sun we’ve had, I wonder if it will bloom next summer?
I (stupidly?) managed to squeeze two different Ceanothus into this area (to the left and right of the bottom Verbascum). I think I’ve set up a battle for dominance…who will win?
Another of the small plants that were newly planted this spring, the Cotinus ‘Royal Purple.’ I am very disappointed in the growth I’ve seen this year. There was virtually none. Perhaps all her energy was going to producing roots and next year she’ll take off? I am happy with the fall color…imagine huge bush glowing like this!
And remember the Euphorbia rigida given to me by Kat? Well it has a proud placement right next to the sidewalk and driveway, so everyone who passes by can enjoy it. I am very excited to see it bloom next spring.
And now looking back towards the northeast.
Notice anything? (besides the fact that the Eucomis are not blooming). This is the time of year when the leaves arrive. Sometimes I feel the time I save by not tending to a lawn in the spring and summer is given back cleaning up the leaves that blow into the gravel from the neighbor’s tree in the fall.