|Tropaeolum polyphyllum with pink California poppies|
Other developments in this bed are that the pink California poppies that I had wanted to get started here have, in fact, been established, and I think they go well with the tropaeolum flowers. They will have the added bonus of extending the season in the bed because they will bloom longer than the tropaeolum, and they will bloom again if cut back after their first bloom. You can see that an orange flowered poppy has also invaded the bed. That is what happens with these poppies, I have found. Other colors sometimes pop up, particularly if you have a number of different color strains in your garden like I do.
Other plants in this bed include Scilla peruviana, which I previously wrote about here. You can see one of the last of these blooms in the upper left hand corner of the photo. This year the bloom time of the scillas was earlier than that of the tropaeolum, and I suspect that will almost always be the case. I also planted some Yucca linearifolias in this bed and you can see one of them in the upper left of the picture. Finally, some alstromerias which I wrote about here have seeded themselves into this bed and in a few years will probably take it over, unless something is done about them. I haven't yet decided what I will do with them, if anything.