No better harbinger of fall than the brilliant crimson flowers of Cal Fuchsias. These fantabulous natives were in peak bloom on our grounds in September. The hummingbirds were dive-bombing like there was no tomorrow...
9/5/11 Zauschneria (or Epilobium) californica 'UC Hybrid.'
9/5/11 Zauschneria (Epilobium) californica 'Ghostly Red.'
9/5/11 Catalina Island California Fuchsia (Zauschneria/Epilobium californica). A very tall (4-5'), upright Cal Fuchsia that is stunning in the landscape with it's greyish foliage and scarlet fall blooms. This one is 3 years old growing next to a 'Dr. Hurd' Manzanita (Arctostaphylos manzanita).
9/5/11 Catalina Island California Fuchsia (Zauschneria/Epilobium californica).
9/5/11 'Uvas Canyon' California Fuchsia (Zauschneria/Epilobium californica).
9/5/11 Rabbitbrush (Chrysothamnus nauseosus) in full bloom, Konocti Manzanita (Arctostaphylos manzanita ssp. elegans), St. Catherine's Lace (Eriogonum giganteum), Woolly Blue Curls (Trichostema lanatum), and 'Route 66 California Fuchsia.
9/5/11 'Route 66' California Fuchsia (a Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden intro).
Now on to other fall beauties:
10/14/11 'Eve Case' Coffeeberry (Rhamnus californica).
10/14/11 'Aguirre' Turpentine Brush (Haplopappus laricifolia) and Deer Grass (Muhlenbergia rigens).
10/14/11 Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis). This one likes lots of water (so it's in my mountain meadow planter) & is very attractive to the hummers.
10/14/11 'Sunset' Monkeyflower.
10/14/11 Island Bristleweed (Hazardia detonsa). Native to the Channel Islands.
10/14/11 Scarlet Monkeyflower (Mimulus cardinalis).