I try to travel out to the Mendocino County coast at least twice a year. It's relatively close-a scenic 3 hour drive. Because it is isolated by virtue of some of the windiest roads California offers it seems as though you have entered a slow-motion universe where your attention is captivated by the sea. This either renews me or makes me morose to return to the stressful terrain of the office.Usually some combination of the two.
I make it a habit to execute a garden photo walk though the village of Mendocino where small pocket gardens are plentiful and I have posted about these walks here and here.
It's been several years since I visited in spring (I tend to go out in autumn when the weather is best) and I was looking forward to peeking at some of my favorite gardens , but decided instead to walk about on the quiet end of the town that is adjacent to the headlands
Here's a long view of the 'neighborhood' . One can fantasize about living here, but you'll need at least a million bucks and high tolerance for wind, fog, cold, isolation and ageing hippies. Another source of income besides an actual job would help too.
The most notable plant feature was the Cistus, blooming everywhere in almost every garden.
And then there were the Echiums
Upper left , this was the closest I could get to these Echiums.
This is one of my favorite gardens in the village, and I took multiple shots. The house sits atop a densely landscaped hill featuring mounds of xeric and ocean tolerant plants. I was frustrated by the bright contrast-y light ,all photos were take before 10am but damn, a few clouds would have helped.
Here is the garden at the public library. No mow-blow meatballs for this institution.
Around the block where I had parked, looking over fences.
This one was for sale, 1.65 mil I believe was the price tag.
And fasciated Euphorbia behind Dicks Bar.