Visiting Digging Dog

 I always try to make it out to the coast to attend the annual fall sale at Digging Dog Nursery in Albion-it's just as much about an escape to the coast as it is about buying plants. October is typically an ideal time to visit the Mendocino County coast..dry and sunny unlike the often cold, miserable, and foggy weather in summertime.  I lucked out in a big way on the weather  and spent a pleasant  3 days driving around taking photos, walking state park trails , and nursery crawling.

 At Digging Dog, the west facing borders show off the grasses .

 The vegetable garden area is a work in progress , and here the hornbeam pillars punctuate. The evolution of this section of the gardens has been fascinating to observe over the last few years. I wish I had taken more photos year !

 A lone hornbeam pillar across the drainage pond.

Grasses and seedheads are left to create fall interest . This garden (and any garden I have had the opportunity to see that was designed by Gary Ratway) is a splendid example of what beauty autumn provides here in NorCal. See another of Gary's gardens here, and here.

 A little non-gardening diversion, the walking trail at Mendocino headlands.

I took the scenic route adds another hour or two to the drive , but on a sunny October day with no obligations why not ?


  1. The "cold, miserable, and foggy weather" is here. How fine it is to share your glorious photos today! Off to look at Gary Ratway's gardens now...

  2. Why not is right! I'm jealous. You know I think the Mendocino area has got to be one of the most beautiful spots on earth.

  3. It looks like you had a wonderful trip. Breathtaking scenery and Digging Dog to boot. Thanks for sharing the beauty with us.

  4. How wonderful.... I so want to go too!!!! I have to agree with Sue, Mendocino is one of the most beautiful places I've ever seen.

  5. Look at those clear skies! I've already got my Digging Dog fall order tucked away in the garden. Such a gorgeous climate for gardens.

  6. Gorgeous...that shot of the backlit Persicaria is too dreamy!

  7. Mendocino headlands, I have been there. Looking at your photos I could smell the sea, hear the ocean before me, and the traffic on 1 behind, the warmth of the sun and the cold of the wind off the waves.


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