After work, I went to visit my garden guru in Menlo Park about 30 minutes south of San Francisco. We lingered in her garden for a bit, and then we went to visit the native garden behind the Woodside Library.
She used to be a chemist like me. We got laid off at the same time. I went back to work, but this is how she spends her days now.
Coreopsis gigantea. I gave her this plant. This is its normal summer aspect.
And now the Woodside Library. (Link to a January visit.)
Dudleya pulverulenta. It's white like a bone, with bony appendages. A common name is Chalk Lettuce.
Pairing it with Arctostaphylos 'Emerald Carpet' makes a strong combination.
It's been months without rain. The grasses are dry and the salvias have gone to seed. The tall flower spikes are brown and crispy now. I steal a couple seeds from the jimson weed's thorny seed ball, and I lay down under the redwoods for a few minutes.