OK, I've figured this out. Pictures = comments. SO...It's been a few weeks since I've shown you my flower gardens. Time to catch up!!
This is the shrub border next to the house. Notice the hydrageas in full bloom. Also notice that I have no front yard. Well, this sideyard IS my front yard...
One of the bushes starting to bloom. Do you think my soil is alkaline enough?? Look at how pink these are.
A closeup of one bloom. It's as big as my hand!! And note the sad thing: it's June and I'm still wearing polarfleece.
The terraced butterfly/hummer garden. This is Salvia, white Lantana, and a new blue plant (so I've forgotton it's type).
Lantana and Lavender.
A red ornamental grass. It really moves in the wind around here.
A species buddliea bloom.
And they say you can't grow rhubarb in California! Luckily I have just the right conditions for it to grow. And I remember to pick enough for about 3 pies before it gets too dry and fiberous to use.