The weather was about as bad as it could get today for Garden Conservancy Open Day in Marin County. Our annual 'June Gloom' has been nowhere to be found and the sun was bearing down this morning with desert-like intensity. Here in Napa we reached the big 1-0-0 (plus) and Marin, in spite of it's proximity to the bay, was unpleasant. I was semi-undaunted;out of 4 gardens open I picked out 2. Foolishly the Worth Garden was not one of them. Remorse.
A hillside garden in Kentfield was my first stop, a garden that is a showcase for Berkeley artist Marsha Donahue. (I visited Marshas' garden here.) Though the conditions for photography were dreadful, I took many.
If I lived in Portland and was in the market for garden design services the living portfolio that is the private garden of designer Darcy Daniels would be a strong argument in favor of her firm Bloomtown Gardens. Ironically it wasn't the blooms that were the big draw for me in this garden. It was Darcys' skill at combining foliage shapes, textures and color in both shade and sun.I found it particularly inspiring and wished I had had more time to take it all in. I still have my photos to refer back to, and those of others as well including several on the Bloomtown website . Since I am embarking on yet another renovation of my front garden in the next few months I've been paying close attention to details of gardens I've liked this year, especially those that feature plants that I can grow here in mine.
Streetside approach. I wish I'd taken more photos of the robustly planted hellstrip.
A sidewalk strollers view. The hellstrips in this Portland neighborhood we…
I've taken advantage of numerous events that are designated for members of the Ruth Bancroft Garden, most being early entry to plant sales or photography workshops. Last weekend members were offered the opportunity to visit four succulent-centric gardens in the areas surrounding RBG. I was happy to see that in 2018 there will be a similar tour offered.
The garden I am sharing today has been previously posted by Gerhard at Succulents and More , a fellow RBG member and blogger. His stamina was impressive considering that he had recently returned from a lengthy trip to Europe and seemed none worse the wear. Gerhard posted about this garden and as is often the case he has shared much more detail than I . Be sure to visit his blog to learn more, and see wide views of this garden.
This was the smallest garden of the day but packed with interest. It was located in a 70's era neighborhood of small houses and narrow streets , most of which had lawn and a few shrubs . This corner l…
We have made it all the way to mid-November here in Northern California without any event that could be considered the first rain of the season. We got a brief shower that was barely measurable in September and nary a drop since. The NOAA forecast discussion points to the last week of November for the possibility of some moisture coming our way. On the bright side, the daytime weather has been extremely pleasant and just about perfect for outdoor manual labor. We have had 2 or 3 mornings that could be considered mildly frosty-my lone Dahlia was knocked back but I still have 2 of my 4 basil plants.
This is the floribunda rose 'Brass Band' which would probably be in a full-on springlike flush if it weren't for the reduced sunlight it receives in fall.
Madame Isaac Pereire has no rust and no blackspot and several flowers.
Lobelia Laxiflora is blooming more heavily than it did at any time this summer. Not enough cold to lay it low yet.