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Got some fun stuff at Home Depot yesterday… 5 1-gallon portulacas (a pink-blushed peach color), a couple 1-gallon bloodgrasses, a couple 4″ Salvia greggii, several 4″ million bells, a 4-pack of dragon’s blood sedum and a 4-pack of baby’s tears (for a pot). Oh, and some little lemon thymes. I redid some pots that were bursting with miscanthus sinensis ‘Morning Light”.

My “let’s see how well Lithodora diffusa does in my clayey soil” experiment is complete. Conclusion: Not well. It died. I’m always trying to bring a little bit of Mendocino back to Sacramento. The echiums have done well, as have other plants, but lithodora was not meant to be for me. I do not live in a cool, coastal climate with fast-draining soil. I do not live in a cool, coastal climate with fast-draining soil. I do not live in a cool, coastal climate with fast-draining soil.

Basil’s doing well, peppers and tomatoes were slow to take off this year, despite care and feeding. I didn’t plant ‘Sungold’, but the seedling volunteers are giving me lots of tasty fruit while the tomatoes I planted are still growing and/or ripening. My ‘Sungold’ babies are bigger than their parent and slightly more red and tangy, but I’m not complaining. I like tomatoes of all shapes, colors and sizes.

There’s a frenzy of bees and butterflies in the garden right now.

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