Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Garden Bloggers Bloomday June 2016

   June is a month of abundance, everything it seems is in bloom. I was focused on editing my choices for this Bloomday post , and still have 15 photos. Thanks to our mistress of ceremonies , Carol over yonder at May Dreams Gardens who provides us with links to blooms across the globe on the 15th of each month.

 Angelica stricta pupurea , taller than me -vertical drama. This is my best effort with these plants; I have been careful to give them water and I'm sure our winter of real live rain contributed to their success.

And speaking of success , I have been trying to produce a blooming Astrantia for several years..I am ridiculously pleased to have my first ever bloom. I finally found the right spot. The right spot is everything with plants that may be borderline for ones' zone-not a cold hardiness issue for me, but  heat hardiness .

Anigozanthus, this one lives in a large container, next door to Elegia capensis.

 Lily season is upon us , and I cleverly (well , accidentally) have managed to space out the Lily blooms so there is always one or two blooming. This one is 'Silver Angel', an upward facing trumpet Lily.

And one of the few Daylilies left here, this is' Calico Jack'

Sidertas cypria .

I am fatally attracted to yellow flowers , and this Echinacea is just the tone of yellow I love best, 'Ferris Wheel ' .

This is new to me this year, Teuchrium chamaedrys 'Summer Sunshine' a low growing edger.

Agastache 'Grapefruit Nectar' is blooming madly on the hell strip.

Teucrium 'Purple Tails' comports with a long lost label yellow Gaillardia.

First Eucomis bloom of the season.

My treasured un-named seedling Sanguisorba  from Far Reaches Farm.

Rudbeckia 'Green Wizard'

The flowers have faded on my Phlomis, but I love what they leave behind .

And Sanguisorba 'Chocolate Tips'  gets a swoony visit every day after work. I am besotted.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Marin County Open Garden Stinson Beach

 I was happy to see Marin County Open Days venture out to the coast; I have had bad luck with the weather in past years (hot! ) even though Marin is typically moderated by San Francisco Bay. Three gardens were on the roster and I planned my route to take advantage of light Saturday morning traffic and avoidance of more congestion in the afternoon. My first stop was garden perched on the hillside overlooking Bolinas Bay and adjacent to Mt Tamalpias State Park.

 The garden is mature, having been created 20 years ago from undeveloped land reportedly choked with poison oak and other undesirables  surrounding an imposing rock outcropping .Elevation changes were numerous, but the gardener built a network of paths that allowed for relatively easy navigation of the property.

It was hard to resist multiple photos of this stand of Poppies near the entry. 

 Beyond the poppies and through the main entry gate into  the garden, this view reveals itself. It was clear at this point that this garden was not going to be a dud.

Down to the bottom step--I was getting that 'wow' feeling.  I love layered textural gardens . Here both the exotic and mundane were combined for a beautiful effect.

Turning  to the left..the wow meter went off again.

Compelled by this scene , I moved to the left and started up the path that took the visitor up into  the rock cliffs.

 The  view was dynamic, changing as you moved from one landing pad to another, and benches were placed frequently in strategic locations to take advantage of the seaview or just to be at rest within the garden.

Pulling in a bit closer on this scene.

As you move up the paths you see the plants viewed from below , along with the smaller plants that were not as visible, hugging the path. The entire hillside is densely planted and thriving in this frost free maritime location.

 Once you get higher up Bolinas Bay comes into view.

Back down the hillside, the plant diversity continues

 Our host spoke to us of his creation of the garden- I only heard part of his talk I was so intent on exploring the garden and taking photos it was hard to stop and focus on anything else. I did hear that he purchased many of his exotics at the venerable  Western Hills Nursery.

Coming off the hill, a path leads to the vegetable garden and beyond that a gate takes you outside the deer fence.

More Poppies among the veggies framed by kale and a fabulous Restio. Elegia capensis perhaps ? I was quite taken by this outside the box combination.

 Your view as you toil in the vegetable garden.

The gate beyond leads the way to the Koi pond. Our host explained that he had taken down the network of sea-bird excluding wires that cover the pond for the tour day.

The pond was a generous size (this photo only shows a portion) and the koi were numerous and quite happy to see the visitors.

Returning to the main garden .

This area is across the path from one of the homes' decks, all of which had splendid views, either out to the ocean or over the the garden.

Philadephus 'Belle Etoile' in full bloom

 I stayed in this garden a very long time indeed, but there were two more gardens to visit , so reluctantly I headed back to my car and north to Bolinas. These were final shots on the way out.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Wednesday Vignette

 Full disclosure, this Wednesday vignette was taken on Saturday at a Garden Conservancy open garden in Marin County. The design here was very spare -who could argue with that when you are on the edge of the Pacific -specifically Bolinas Bay.  The grassy berm on the left is man made and melds seamlessly with the open grassland down the bluff to the sea.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Detour to Seaside Gardens

 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'

 Big views..

I took many many more photos-might make a good winter post when all I have to look at here is mud !