Thursday, April 28, 2016

The Gardens at the Back Bay Inn

 Earlier this week I made a  brief but  mentally required road trip to the California central coast area . The central coast is an obvious transition  between Northern and  Southern California; for the plant-centric among us the differences are easy to see. Our hills began to shed their green winter finery and don the golden brown of summer the further south I traveled. Thanks to a recommend from the Mulch Maid , I booked a few nights at the Back Bay Inn , a  small casual establishment  on the quiet south end of Morro Bay. Besides the attraction of being right on the water , this inn had a lovely small garden with a compelling plant palette that framed the view of the water from my 2nd floor balcony. 





 This Agave has seen better days .



 Looks like there is some new planting to do !


 The little boardwalk takes the stroller past the resting Kayaks and through the garden.




Some nice well-grown specimens; cacti and succulents thrive in this frost-free and relatively low rainfall climate.




 As do South African and Australian cultivars.



The poodled-up trees are unfortunately Melaleucas that are headed back to allow the the balconies an unobstructed view. Since I was in fact on a balcony I selfishly mentally approved of this otherwise unacceptable pruning device.


 On the inland side of the building , grasses , Salvias and Gaillardias provide another punch of color, I expect these are likely to bloom almost year round here.


 While I was gone -3.5 days - all my weeds grew 10 feet. Or so it seemed.

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  1. I was away recently too and came back to lots of growth, both weeds and plants. Looks like Jane made a great recommendation. Thanks for sharing your fab photos!

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    1. Since she went back a second time I figured it was a safe bet !

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  2. Ah Kathy, this was almost as good as a little vacation for me, thank you. Beautiful photos.

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    1. Thanks Loree ! I love our central coast and it's really a relatively short drive ( I classify anything under 6hrs on a road trip as a 'short drive') but damn ,they need more garden centers.

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  3. Great photos! I'm so glad you checked out the Back Bay Inn. It looks awesome. We'll stay there the next time we're down that way. It's closer to SLO, too.

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    1. Nothing fancy Gerhard, but you can't beat the price when it comes to waterfront accommodations, and yes, close in to SLO and Paso. 2 hours to Seaside Gardens !

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  4. It looks like a great place to stay. I wouldn't mind settling into one of those adirondack chairs to read or just have a good stare at the view. It's too bad about your weeds. They've been little problem here this spring in the land of no rain - I guess Mother Nature provides some compensation for her injuries.

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    1. I got drought spoiled with the weed situation here Kris. This year took me by surprise and I am behind schedule !

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  5. On a recent trip up the coast we left the 5 and cut across to Santa Cruz -- I forget the hwy number -- and everything turned green and the artichokes in the farm stands were cheap, really cheap. Ah, the central coast!

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    1. Leaving 5 is always good. Perhaps you took the 152 ? I have loved driving or riding on 101 between Ventura and San Jose since childhood-

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  6. A good place to stay? The garden looks great. That climate there is heaven for plants despite modest rainfall. Weeds...it's called "paying for the rain".

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    1. Oh, and I've paid this year--I'm afraid I let my guard down during the drought winters ! Comfortable and quiet , a humble breakfast included. Just what I needed.

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  7. Great set of pictures, Kathy! Isn't it great when you can find the hidden gems?

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  8. Great gardens and kayaking - two of my favorite things. Great photos too.

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