Echium Season in Mendocino
Travel has always been a season marker for me -the late winter business trip to Florida, my annual spring road trip, usually to Socal or the Central Coast, Garden Bloggers Fling in summer and every couple of years a horticulture related trip to 'somewhere' with my east coast garden peeps.Add in an August business trip to Chicago, September business trip to Washington and a fall road trip to wrap up the year. Some years more business trips , some years more personal trips. In 2020 I took one brief August road trip to the coast during what turned out to be a temporary post surge loosening of Covid restrictions. It's pretty easy to avoid other humans on the Mendocino coast. Other than that the year was one long exercise in life as a homebody -which was not necessarily a bad thing. I didn't miss the business travel at all-after 30+ years I don't care if I ever take another business trip. I missed my personal travel, but I was able to make some home repairs with the $$ I didn't use on hotels, flights etc. and the plant budget expanded as well. So once I was fully vaccinated and beyond my two week waiting period I high-tailed it out to the Mendocino coast for a few days mostly just to hang out in my little cottage and look at the ocean. I bought 7 plants, I made bacon and eggs for breakfast every day and went to the botanical garden twice.
On Saturday morning I had breakfast early and drove down to the village with my camera before tourists were out and about as is my custom. As I expected , the many volunteer Echiums were blooming so that was my primary focus.
They appear randomly , mostly in the blocks closer to the headlands where buildings are further apart .
Echium candicans planted purposely in this garden with the E. pininana as the background.
Many of the plants were looking a bit thin , which I suppose could be lack of rain- average for Mendocino is 41" , they look to be between 20 and 25 at this point with only sunny days ahead in the forecast.
With Fremontodendron californicum.
This was the only photo I took of the dozens of blooming Aeoniums around the village.
Looks like the Centrathus got away.
And across the street ..