I hadn't even noticed the Delphiniums were blooming until last week, when the top-heavy cilantro/coriander plants in the same raised beds toppled over following the storm that moved through Wednesday night into Thursday morning. The seed-sown larkspurs (Consolida ambigua) have been slowly unfolding for the last couple of weeks.
|I couldn't decide which side of the vase should represent the front and which the back. This side features a blue and white Aquilegia (aka columbine).|
|This side features seed-grown Nigella (aka love-in-the-mist)|
The heavy bloom stalks of Aeonium haworthii have been flopping over into paths for weeks now and the rain had exacerbated the problem so I went ahead and cut some of those too.
|This is the small vase I created 4 weeks ago using small 'Kiwi Verde' stems. The flowers still look good but their color has faded dramatically over the weeks.|
Sunday afternoon brought bright blue skies and warmer temperatures near the mid-60sF. My garden now has the fresh, clean appearance that only rain can bring. The smog that normally blankets the harbor view cleared out with the storm and both the sky and the water were a beautiful blue.
|View from the back garden looking at the entrance to the Los Angeles harbor, known as Angel's Gate|
While I was snapping photos of the harbor, I heard a familiar buzz and caught sight of a hummingbird sipping nectar. As soon as he rose above the foliage I pushed the button on my camera, hoping for the best, and for a change I got lucky.
|Anna's hummingbirds (Calypte anna) are year-round residents here and, although they zip by constantly when I'm in the garden, I seldom get a decent photo. As soon as this fellow heard the click of the camera, he was off!|
All in all, Sunday was a great day.
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