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Just got back from a trip to beloved Mendocino… Pride of Madeira, Echium candicans (E. fastuosum) is in full bloom there right now. Gorgeous!!! The taller echiums, wildprettii I think, bloom later. I’d recently admired E. candicans freeway plantings on the way to the bay area for the S.F. Flower & Garden Show.

I’d love to try E. candicans in my yard… The E. wildprettii I brought back from Mendocino two summers ago is sending up its first flower spike right now, so I might do o.k. with E. candicans as well. These are coast-preferring plants, but under the right conditions, we can get them to grow and bloom.

This photo was taken in the backyard of the house we rented. When I wasn’t flower watching, I was busy whale watching!

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