I used Google, the wisdom of my friends, and an app called LikeThat Garden to identify these blooms. Corrections welcome.
  1. Jacaranda (Jacaranda mimosifolia)
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    This tree is common to the east side of Los Angeles (and the rest of the city, as far as I can tell). Jacaranda season lasts into June, or used to before Indoor Hairspray Parties.
  2. Golden yarrow (Eriophyllum confertiflorum)
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    This one looks like a half-dozen other plants, but my florally inclined people seemed sure about the ID, so here is the golden yarrow that lines the fence next to my house and many others.
  3. Kangaroo paw (anigozanthos)
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    This is in my landlords' garden, behind the front house. (I am in the back house.) I haven't seen it anywhere else, yet.
  4. Morning glory (part of the family Convolvulaceae)
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    All over the place.
  5. Thrift sea pinks (Armeria maritima)
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    Errrywhere.
  6. Seashore iris (Iris spuria)
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    Some swore this was a lily but the number of petals and other features don't support that. The excellent http://plants.usda.gov/ site says this was "introduced" into California, so it makes sense that the app and I agree.
  7. Mexican Bush Sage (Salvia leucantha)
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    Only saw this one twice.
  8. Antwerp hollyhock (Alcea rosea)
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    One of several that triggers various names; I am only about 80% sure here.
  9. Great bougainvillea (Bougainvillea spectabilis)
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    I am ending on two common, hella variform plants. The bougainvillea! Oy! It is the shrub that forms natural walls all over the city. The blossoms are similar from strain to strain, though not in color. Don't know if that has to do with season or strain.
  10. Paperflower (Bougainvillea glabra)
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    See? Similar if you take the time to stare at the blossoms but not if you are driving past.
  11. Lantana (Lantana camera)
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    My favorite, possibly, available in many colors. There was a big, vibrant shock of this red/orange/yellow blend around the corner, but it's fading.