Thursday, January 7, 2010

The streets of Fillmore, California

Part of my continuing series on our October trip to California…
I’ve probably mentioned before that one of my favorite things to do when I am in another city is to walk or drive around and check out the gardens. I love seeing what is regionally acceptable, and the gardening styles of different areas.
While out exploring we happened upon this amazing garden in downtown Fillmore.
I was in paradise! These pictures are all of the parking strip on the side of the building…
It was a little over grown and could benefit from a little weeding but what an amazing variety of dangerous plants!
Look at those agaves! They were screaming for me to volunteer to get in there and thin them, I can still hear them calling…
Now we’ve worked our way around to the front of the building. The architecture says “church” but it looks like perhaps it’s been converted to a home. There was no sign or indication of a business within.
Isn't it just heavenly?!
These happy and healthy Birds of Paradise were growing near by. So often this plant ends up looking tattered but these were beautiful.
And I had to throw these two signs in. Aren’t they great?
I'm glad we have relatives in Fillmore so we will have reason to return for another visit!


  1. A heavenly garden in a churchyard...sounds like someone was theme-gardening.
    I'm sure loving these sunny, warm pictures you've been treating us to. I hope you have lots more!

  2. Love those succulents - must be hard(potentially dangerous) to get close to weed around the agaves!

  3. Wow, someone was a real collector. It's a lovely garden, and I bet you WERE in heaven. You should really come to Austin sometime. You'd love it here--lots of agaves!

  4. It's like your blog and mine got together and had a baby and it was this garden! OK, that sounded odd, but you know what I mean, right? :) So cool. If I'd seen it, I would have taken 75 photos for sure. Awesome find! I agree though, how do you weed around so many spiky plants? Bet nobody parks next to that strip!!

  5. Someone wisely planted that strip with every no care agave/succulent known! I agree, some of those are sayiong "take me and leave my mom with more room to grow" LOL.
    I just love the churchyard planting, it looks so lush and tropical.

  6. I am sure you would have been doing the gardener and the aloe a favor if you were to weed out a few of those pups. Wouldn't want them to get too crowded.

  7. Jane, I do! We haven't even hit LA yet! I thought I would be done with these by now, but truth be told I am sort of enjoying the sun and warm memories in dreary Portland January. I hope that by the time I get to my marathon Huntington Gardens post I haven't lost to many of my memories.

    Evelyn, yes I am sure it can be quite dangerous. I have a long set of pliers I use, if I was responsible for this patch I think I would have full body armor.

    Pam, oh don't you worry, I am! It's just a matter of when.

    Karen, I do totally know what you mean! I love it! I think I did take close to that. Out of necessity I am getting pretty good at editing down my photos. Trust me my posts could be MUCH longer. But then I probably wouldn't have any viewers cuz you would all get so bored!

    Nicole, you're right. It was amazing the variety.

    Les, I should have knocked on the door and asked if I could do a little "thinning"...I'm a chicken!

  8. They are quite lucky to be able to grow such plants, although I'm glad I'm not the one who has to do the weeding. I wonder what you do to weed around agaves like that. I get a few small weeds around mine, and I have scratches all over trying to clean them up.

  9. When I went to California to visit my cousin a couple years ago, I took note of Bird of Paradise in plant form for the first time! (I had only seen it cut at Zupans!) I said something to my cousin about it and to this day she still laughs at me. She doesn't know how lucky she is to live somewhere where the plant will live in plant form instead of just cut flower form (like here!).


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