Sunday, August 14, 2016

Garden Bloggers Bloomday August 2016

 August is just about my least favorite month in the garden, and it never fails to stimulate a relentless round of cutting back, digging up and too-late staking of the floppers. Bloomday gave me the opportunity to look for what actually still looks good. It's rarely as bad as it seems.

 For reasons that remain mysterious, getting decent photos of Fuchsias escapes me. I must include them in spite of   because they are a bright spot in the August doldrums. I was quite obsessed with Fuchsias at one time and had a robust collection, in spite of the fact that my inland climate is not ideal. After a few years of attack by the Fuchsia gall mite, I tossed them all , and was Fuchsia free for several years. Gradually I have re-introduced mostly resistant varieties.









  Caryopteris is holding it's own, this is a newbie C. 'Hint of Gold' superior in every way to 'Worster Gold'  in my garden. It may very well achieve the sought after repeated element status if I can actually find another one.That's Salvia 'Wendys Wish' performing a photobomb.


 This is C. 'White Surprise' , not as vigorous as the above, but really nice consistent variegation.



 Caryopteris incanum, modestly reseeds , blooms in spring and fall, and sports great deep colored blooms.


 I despaired this Cuphea would ever bloom, but now in it's second summer here it finally has given several flowers , with more to come. This is Cuphea micropetala.


 This is Lilium 'Sapporo' , new to me this year from The Lily Garden in Vancouver Wa. I plan to get a few more of these in spring; it has numerous attributes.


Chocolate Cosmos, purchased as an emergency replacement has earned it's spot.



Erigeron galucus


I attempted to dig out this no-name Persicaria last fall, but I changed my mind in mid-dig.The aborted removal  had nothing to do with quality , and everything to do with quantity-the footprint is vast and somewhat overwhelming in my small garden. But it adds a nice architectural presence and the bees love it..


The excellent Clematis 'Arabella' , blooms til winter.



 My only succulent bloomer a the present is Echeveria hamisii.




The Eryngium is beginning it's fade to brown.



 And as is my custom the 2nd Artichoke batch is allowed to flower.


 Garden Bloggers Bloomday is the creation of Carol at May Dreams Gardens, where bloggers around the globe weigh in on the 15th of every month to share the blooms in their gardens. Be sure to pay avisit.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Gardens in the Village

 The Village of Mendocino is perched on headlands above the Pacific on the Northern California coast. Many of the early founders who established the town in the 1850's were from Maine and thus the eastern seaboard architectural influence is evident . Unique in our part of the nation, we westerners brave the serpentine  roads and flock out to immerse ourselves in New England charm.  And if that alone is not enough to attract visitors, its' location on the most spectacular segment of our coast ensures the tourist trade is robust year round.


 Small pocket gardens are seen on every street, and this frost free maritime climate favors almost anything that doesn't need much heat ; forget about Bougainvillea, peppers and tomatoes. The average high temp here is 65 degrees, and I always bring winter garb no matter what month of the year I visit. Your lettuce won't bolt !  Grab your Dramamine for the drive out and come along on a stroll through the village.

 This cottage is representative in style-a little overgrown, a gardener with a relaxed attitude and the absence of mow-blow guys to turn the garden into a sea of bon-bons.




 More exuberance in a side-yard




   One of several real estate firms in town...notice their commercial landscaping lacks Stella d' Oro , Phormiums with flat-tops, and meatball Coleonema.





  Another cottage-you'll note a couple clipped shrubs , and clipped shrubs can be ok if they add to the design. I think in this instance the shapes are nice contrasted with the exuberance of the rose arch and the Cistus on the right.



I missed peak Echium season by a few weeks, but this view is totally Mendo, bloomed out or not.



 The mow-blow guys in my town would be all over this. It's great to see what commercial and civic plants can look like when the power equipment is put aside.


Village businesses buy in to cheerful if sometimes unruly plant displays and this is part of the character of the town.Some are tidier than others...





At the landmark Mendocino Hotel, the Crocosmia seems to have staked it's claim. Frankly, I felt a little disturbed at what has happened to this garden in the last few years. 'Garden Suites' are charming rooms placed along pathways in what has become a somewhat poorly maintained garden. I wish I could say give me 250 bucks and a room for 2 nights and I'll come out once a month and fix this.Maybe most of the guests don't recognize a garden in decline. I have photos going back several years, and I do.Perhaps they don't feel that expense of getting a real garden manager in there will result in more revenue, and I suppose they could be right. But I was saddened by the lost potential. Think what Skylar and Allen could do with this place !




On the other hand this garden at Trillium , a cafe and small (3 room) lodging establishment, is one of the best maintained gardens in the village.






As you continue walking small colorful gardens come into view, and though some are blowsy , this is in fact part of the charm of a tiny village on a wild remote coast.






 This is one of my favorite private home front gardens, though it is over it's early summer peak.


 This B&B frames the gate with a pair of Leptospermums.


I'm really looking forward to following the progress on this private garden.The little orange blobs are heaths of some sort (Erica or Calluna) which grow spectacularly well out here and look to be newly planted. And what a lovely little  meadow garden with the low profile demanded when in close proximity to the ocean . The headlands and sea is just beyond the fence line , thus there is little protection from wind and salt spray.



 I take a photo of this every time . Some day I'll have perfect light !


Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Wednesday Vignette-Fog Lifting

 On the Big River estuary, Mendocino California.

Visit Anna at Flutter and Hum for more Wednesday vignettes !

Friday, July 29, 2016

The Garden Gallery

 During my visit to the central coast of California in April, I spent a windy afternoon along the Embarcadero in Morro Bay. As is my custom when traveling , I had done an internet search for garden centers in the area; considering the great climate along this stretch of our coast I would have expected a bit more horticulture going on, but regrettably there were only a couple that seemed worth visiting.
 The Garden Gallery on the corner of Embarcadero and Pacific in Morro Bay was as it's name suggests a tasteful and beautifully maintained collection of vignettes, artfully combining pottery, plants and restrained garden art that made for very pleasant browsing. One could not expect to landscape a garden there; the plant inventory was heavily skewed towards succulents (all in on that) and tropicalesque container subjects.



  Small clay pots were used extensively to display cacti and succulents. This seems to be a clever merchandising tool in a store that by virtue of it's location likely has a fair amount of tourist visitors.




  Great big wind chimes, probably Music of the Spheres.


 They had a really nice selection, and I did make purchase -Haworthia limifolia . Always on the lookout for plants  I can't find locally.




 I wanted this one desperately, however it was only seen in large containers with large prices. And naturally, I failed to take a photo of the tag, so I have no idea what it was. Maybe a Crassula? Maybe a Kalanchoe ? If any readers out there know I would be grateful.




  Employees were bustling around mainlining the merchandising , keeping the clay pots full.





 There were a number of exotics , but I only got a photo of this one-I had become distracted by shopping.


Did I mention the wind ? Though Garden Gallery had a good deal of outdoor space, it was built cleverly to provide a windbreak, and only a few steps away the small craft was bobbing on the choppy bay.