Continued .. The first of these photos was taken along the coastal road, just north of Bodega Bay. They look to me to be asters, but again, I've never seen them growing like this at home. They were naturalized, in a gorgeous display along an embankment by the road, with more growing down a steep embankment toward the ocean. The second flower was growing along the road on the way from Sacramento to Monterey - note the dime in the picture, for an idea of size. Finally, the third photo was taken in Monterey and shows a flower which is reminiscent of Bergenia, but I'm pretty sure isn't. At least, it certainly isn't like the one that grows at home in the Surrey area.