Small pocket gardens are seen on every street, and this frost free maritime climate favors almost anything that doesn't need much heat ; forget about Bougainvillea, peppers and tomatoes. The average high temp here is 65 degrees, and I always bring winter garb no matter what month of the year I visit. Your lettuce won't bolt ! Grab your Dramamine for the drive out and come along on a stroll through the village.
This cottage is representative in style-a little overgrown, a gardener with a relaxed attitude and the absence of mow-blow guys to turn the garden into a sea of bon-bons.
The mow-blow guys in my town would be all over this. It's great to see what commercial and civic plants can look like when the power equipment is put aside.
Village businesses buy in to cheerful if sometimes unruly plant displays and this is part of the character of the town.Some are tidier than others...
At the landmark Mendocino Hotel, the Crocosmia seems to have staked it's claim. Frankly, I felt a little disturbed at what has happened to this garden in the last few years. 'Garden Suites' are charming rooms placed along pathways in what has become a somewhat poorly maintained garden. I wish I could say give me 250 bucks and a room for 2 nights and I'll come out once a month and fix this.Maybe most of the guests don't recognize a garden in decline. I have photos going back several years, and I do.Perhaps they don't feel that expense of getting a real garden manager in there will result in more revenue, and I suppose they could be right. But I was saddened by the lost potential. Think what Skylar and Allen could do with this place !
On the other hand this garden at Trillium , a cafe and small (3 room) lodging establishment, is one of the best maintained gardens in the village.
This is one of my favorite private home front gardens, though it is over it's early summer peak.
This B&B frames the gate with a pair of Leptospermums.
I'm really looking forward to following the progress on this private garden.The little orange blobs are heaths of some sort (Erica or Calluna) which grow spectacularly well out here and look to be newly planted. And what a lovely little meadow garden with the low profile demanded when in close proximity to the ocean . The headlands and sea is just beyond the fence line , thus there is little protection from wind and salt spray.
I take a photo of this every time . Some day I'll have perfect light !