So, if you are walking down the street, just strolling along, you come upon this.
The San Francisco Bay Area, and particularly the East Bay which includes Berkeley, Albany and Oakland, cities which are nestled up to hills that separate the cool fog belt from the inland dry/hot regions are areas in which I'm pretty convinced you can grow just about anything . No frost, modest heat, decent winter rains and just the right amount of sun.These photos should convince you.
The largest and most pristine Aloe polyphylla I've encountered. Going to say it was 2 to 3 feet in diameter.
And the front garden includes this Tillandsia tree. I'm trying not to over do the photos I took of this feature. Bear with me, I'm showing restraint.
And speaking of Tillandsias, the lot is steep , and the path up to the back garden is bordered by a rustic fence that displays more of the Nichols collection of terrestrials. It is all beautifully curated and artfully arranged . I spent considerable time on this path.
At the top of the path is this beautiful water feature .
We haven't visited the back garden yet. Here's about a tenth of the photos I took there. The color combinations are very well done, and as a contrast to the front there are Roses, some herbaceous perennials and evergreen shrubs clearly selected for color and form.
I particularly liked the color echos provided by the Irises juxtaposed against Berberis and Coprosma.Well done !
Lots of beautiful stuff in the back.
I'll close out with a few random images from various areas of the garden. Thanks to Ann Nichols for generously sharing this outstanding garden.
Follow this link to see photos from Fling 2013