As with any garden that is frequently visited, changes are noted and pending changes are looked forward to. This summer, an area that had long been enticingly viewed in the distance over a barrier of caution tape for the last few years was open at last.
The abundant borders were in their summer best- the tail end of the 'green times' here in summer-dry Northern California. The nursery is in our coastal Redwood belt, and only a couple of miles inland from the Pacific, so summer temperatures are moderate.
Sanguisorba (which one ?) hangs out with Nepeta.
The proprietress , Deborah Whigam , collects and propagates a wonderful selection of Kniphofias.
The path that runs along the west border has seen many improvements. On the right is the vegetable garden , an area that has been in development and off limits for visitors for several years , the left side is the magnificent west facing border that will feature prominently in a future post pending my fall trip back to the coast.
I took this photo in Oct 2009, where we see the juvenile versions of the Hornbeam pillars that now provide a vertical accent throughout this area of the garden.
Mature Hornbeam pillars...
In this photo from Oct 2011 , one of the pyramid features can be seen in the distance.
The same view , current. The pyramid tip can barely be seen above the jar.
Now in 2015 we see the pyramids completed and planted with what appears to be Tuechrium fruticans.
Steel pond , formerly a caution tape festooned hole.
In the private garden, paths meander through portals a- device seen frequently in this garden -that move the visitor from shady retreats like this ,
..into sunny colorful borders.
Rammed-earth columns lead the way .
Lobelia tupa season too...
Digging Dogs fall plant sale this year runs 3 days , October 9th 10th and the 11th. Guided tours of the gardens are offered at specific times throughout the weekend.