It was a revelation the first time I drove out to Montauk years ago. Not only was the eastern most end of Long Island welcomingly rugged to my cynical West Coast eyes, but some of the bizarre beach side floral forms I was accustomed to (having recently moved from Central and Northern California) were surprisingly reminiscent. The plants out there fit and it was nice to see something naturally fit. Southern California gets the palm tree treatment at nearly every descriptive go. But there are quite a few interesting species that cling to that coastline. Let's just say I am a sucker for hearty non-tropical temperate climate coastal flora.