My trip to the central coast of California in late April placed me within a two hour drive of the iconic Seaside Gardens Nursery in the Socal beach city of Carpenteria , to the immediate south of Santa Barbara. I was on a very brief holiday, but spending a day motoring along highway 101-one of my favorite road trip drives-was appealing. I was at liberty to do whatever the hell I wanted to, and this was an excellent way to spend the day. My first visit to Seaside was in April of 2010, briefly blogged about here, and again in 2011.
In my experience, display gardens in California nurseries are a rarity and this one is so well done and beautifully maintained I assume that the design business here is able to support the upkeep. In fact, I have never seen this nursery busy with retail customers, and you might have to search out an employee to make your purchase. Admittedly I always have visited as soon as they open on a weekday , traditionally the slowest time in a garden center. A mob scene on spring weekends would not be a shock.
I spent quite a bit of time in the grassy meadow section of the garden, which is appropriately adjacent to the California natives--these beds flow nicely together. The design in this area is subtle and serene.
No codleing is needed for Echiums in this zone 10 coastal climate. The Pacific is right across the highway and moderates temperatures year round. There are reasons real estate is unaffordable in these parts.
This is what awaits around the bend.
I confess that I get into this garden and writing down names is the last thing on my mind, especially if I know them already. There is always the spelling issue. Bad blogger.
Took a pic of the sign on this one though --isn't it so fabulous ? Trevesia palmata 'Snowflake Aralia'
I took many many more photos-might make a good winter post when all I have to look at here is mud !
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