The heat of summer is starting to build, and L.A. has asked us all to conserve water. So I expect to see the garden's lushness subside as we tidy plants, cut back spent blooms, and hunker down until autumn when the weather cools.
But right now, the roses are giving their all. This English rose is in a pot on my deck.
Patterned and colorful leaves are as pretty as flowers. An ornamental grapevine climbs over the shade structure. Its leaves are like stained glass as the sun glows through them.
This elegant clerondendrum flower is as blue as the July sky. Its petals look like butterfly wings.
The agapanthus and lavender are in full bloom on the hillside beneath the lemon tree. So let's enjoy it now, before the heat comes.