Sidewalk Blooms

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Sidewalk Blooms
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There's lots to see on neighborhood walks this summer. This poppy is blooming now in the parking strip on Brinkerhoff along with a stand of reddish Cosmos. The poppy looks to me just like a Matilija poppy (Romneya). Those usually bloom in spring, so this may be something similar. Another nice flower scene is this Hibiscus on Chuparosa Drive.

I wanted a close-up of this sage plant to figure out what species or variety it is. A jewel of an insect came for lunch and took over the photo shoot. The fly looks huge in the pics, but it’s just an ordinary sized fly on a small flower

The sage plant, I think, is a hybrid of Salvia leucantha and some similar groundcover sage. It grows about knee high and is extremely vigorous.  I see it often on walks around Santa Barbara. This sample is in my own garden, where it has spread on its own to many parts of the yard. One of the few plants in my garden that gophers won’t eat.

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a-1595874205 Jul 27, 2020 11:23 AM
Sidewalk Blooms

I only see the hibiscus photo.

Minibeast Jul 27, 2020 03:23 PM
Sidewalk Blooms

OP: Looks like your audience is clamoring for more. Flowers are such lovely things. All that rain (with its nitrates and ammonium) we got in March really made the plants happy. More photos, if you've got 'em, please.

Minibeast Jul 28, 2020 01:00 PM
Sidewalk Blooms

That flower spike with the fly looks like Lavender to me, but? Pretty plant.

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