(You will note this picture was taken in shade.)
The Echium wilts daily...
And perks up when the sun goes down.
Indian summer is one of the few reliable seasonal features of the San Francisco Bay Area. While shorter days mean cooler temperatures for the rest of the country, things start heating up here in coastal California this time of year.
Cold, moist ocean air gets pulled in from the Pacific all summer long when hot air in the Central Valley rises. That convection gets shut off when the Valley air stops rising as the days get shorter. But there's still plenty of sunshine during the day. At night, it's cold.
Perfect time to put out last year's amaryllis bulbs, which I did a couple weeks ago.