Volunteer from Rosemary "Santa Barbara Blue"
The mother plant was planted years ago. I dug up a volunteer seedling that was growing nearby and put it into a pot. That potted plant moved with me to my last garden where it sat in its pot for four years. It then made one more move to my current garden where it finally found a place to spread its roots in the ground. I'm not sure that it came true to seed, but it seems quite close. "Santa Barbara Blue" is an upright grower to about 5 feet with fine needles and lovely blue flowers. I've found this rosemary to have a good flavor.
According to my Sunset Western Garden Book, "Arp" (from Arp, Texas) is the hardiest rosemary, surviving temperatures as low as -10F. It grows to about 4 feet tall with an open habit. The foliage has a grayish tinge to it and the flowers are a very pale blue. I picked up my plant at the farmers market last year and am still figuring out where it will be planted out. I've not tried this rosemary in the kitchen yet.
Fava Superaguadulce Morocco Strain blossoms
Here's how the seed seller describes this fava bean: Mid to late season fava bean, with a bright green pod. A premium Moroccan strain of this wonderful variety that combines the large size of the 'super' varieties with exceptional flavor and sweetness. I've grown Superaguadulce favas before and really liked them so it will be interesting to see if this strain is different.
Crimson Flowering Fava
Another photo of this variety just because it is so pretty. You can see a faint splash of crimson at the base of the Sugeraguadulce fava blossoms.
"Necta Zee" Nectarine blossoms
Ceanothus, an unknown variety.
Grevillea, another unknown variety.
This is a BIG shrubby Grevillea that was planted by a previous owner. The hummingbirds love this plant.