A few years ago, they began to garden the strip of land out side the fence that borders Highway 29. This planting has become a focal point for passers-by --it is dramatic and colorful. I often wish more winerys would copy this for a solid wall of summer gaudiness. Daniel Thomas, the landscape designer here, has custom seed mixes made to his order. And yes, this is all grown from seed .
Last year it was the Zinnias and Cosmos; sunflowers were added the first time for the 2013 planting. This is a no-spray garden, heavy on compost and at least the length of a football field.The highway is no more than 10feet away, off to the left. After frost the whole thing is disc-ed under and the spring mix is planted; tulips daffodils and poppies. And incidentally, the wine is first rate.
This was taken from inside the fence; I confess to sneaking in early Sunday morning between some bushes where the fence ended. Yes my friends, I am a blogging trespasser.
The building peeking through the flowers middle left is Mondavi Winery, across the highway. A perspective for those of you who may have traveled here.
The Oz shot..standing right there as the sun was coming up was mighty nice.
Here I am standing along the highway, of which you can see a snippet the left--a perspective of the width of the beds. The planting goes some distance beyond the Palm you see on the upper right.
Sunflowers--I wish had room for them.
A bit more trespassing.
And on the way back home..balloons !