Mendocino Coast Botanical Garden has been a blog subject here and here, both customary fall trips. The differences between seasons are subtle; this coast is frost free but winters are wet and stormy. I appreciate the relativity of the term 'cold' but for this wimpy LA girl Mendo can be cold. I was fortunate with the weather on this trip, days broke 65, the sun came out and the only downside was the fog rolling in about 4pm thus eliminating sunset views from my oceanfront inn.
Summer flowers grow tall and flopless in this open garden, Heleniums, Lobelia tupa and Verbena bonariensis. Oh to have space to grow this stuff .
I was taken with this grouping of Sedum 'Frosty Morn' and a noid Eucomis. Well done wouldn't you say ?
The Angelica purpurea has been allowed to seed around freely. A grove punctuates this border.It has become a signature plant of this garden over the last few years, along with the above Eucomis which grows in generous drifts in more that one area of the garden.
On the backside, it pairs with Leycesteria ..planned ? Or maybe just allowed.
Artemisia Guizhou. Mine will never look like this.
Mid-summer abundance. Agastache, Salvia,Verbascum.
This imposing planting of Melianthus 'Antonows Blue' is spectacular on a dewy morning, the juvenile growth glowing with red highlights . I lingered here with my camera for quite some time, finding when I got back home and uploaded my photos that I had taken 23 images of this plant.
They do color well don't they ? The forgiving seaside climate provides extra moisture and fog filtered light that helps saturate the hues.
The Dahlia garden is separated from the ocean by a dense belt of cypress that provides a windbreak. My Dahlias this year were an abject failure, a combination of planting too late and too much shade . I enjoyed a wander through a well grown collection.
An extremely scenic 3 hour drive from my front door to this garden, usually accompanied by an overnight and a stop at Digging Dog on the way home. The perfect weekend getaway.