Alstroemeria (Peruvian Lily), surrounded by Cup of Gold vine:
It's a cheap florist filler, but in the garden...awesome! I've been so happy with this Alstro that I'm going to try to get 2 more this fall. It's a fun plant--you just pop out a stalk when it's spent, and it sends out more! Cup of Gold vine has turned out to be a beast, but in the best of ways.
Sunburst aeonium, being overtaken by gold lantana:
My poor sunburst. The one sunburst I didn't accidentally fry is no match for gold lantana! I might eventually take the lantana out, but it's just soooo easy: It grows like a weed around here, blooms almost constantly, & butterflies love it.
The annual bed:
It's still so lush (er, crowded, some may say) that I can't bear to pull it out & start over for winter. In this shot: vinca, star jasmine, zinnia, tecoma, chiapas sage, and portulaca! I think I'll keep it a month more?
These last weeks have been the first time I finally saw everything coming together, like I'd envisioned. Granted, my vision is a lot busier than most, but I formulated it while at Casa Azul in Mexico City:
I was walking in Frida Kahlo's courtyard, with all the bright bougainvillea, and realized that's what I wanted--a sort of riotous, emotional, subtropical statement. Thankfully, Jason's along for the ride.
Ain't love grand? It is abundant.