My mimulus (mimuli?) is doing what it should be doing - looking brown, but with a core of green. Barbara wrote something similar about a mimulus in the South Pasadena Nature Park, though hers is browner since it's both hotter and drier over there. I killed one a while back that was in a pot, but these are in planters and I'm watching them carefully so as not to apply too much water. I've applied a bit of water this summer, but I think we're in the home stretch and I'll be very sparing until the weather is much cooler. If I were more dedicated I'd pull off the browned flowers, since that appears to be about half the total brown. I have high hopes that they will look great this spring.