Thursday, April 7, 2016
Seaside Gardens in Carpinteria, part one
Seaside Gardens was one of our stops last December when we visited Southern California. What a classy operation they are! A beautiful display garden (map below), fabulous plants and very helpful and interesting employees. I chatted quite a bit with the fellow working that day, we agreed gardeners always want what they can't have. I was there loving the succulents, Leucadendrons, Banksia, etc...and when he learned I was from Oregon his eyes got all starry as he talked about Dahlias...
We'll start this visit the same way we did in person, by walking through the display gardens. As always I got a little over-excited and started zipping back and forth whenever something caught my eye. Banksia paludosa...
Sad tree fern, at least it's still serving a purpose.
The sign for this one said Banksia marginata, but I don't think that can be right?
This was fun to see, as the day before we'd visited Jo's nursery Australian Native Plants.
Andrew and I had the whole garden to ourselves...
A "lawn" of Carex praegracilis...
This visit was the first time Andrew noted the charms of the Restios, they had some lovely large specimens.
Wowsa! Now that's an Echium! Can you imagine how gorgeous it must be covered in blooms?
Kalanchoe luciae (I believe)
Echeveria agavoides 'Lipstick'
Cotyledon orbiculata, common name Pig's Ear...
With this splendid Callistemon it's time to wrap up part one. We'll be back tomorrow with the end of the display garden and a look at the plants for sale!
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