It's always a good sign when a happy, healthy, Schefflera is the first thing to great you when visiting a new-to-me open garden. It's a not so secret handshake that lets me know a fellow plant lover lives here.
This garden sits atop a very steep slope. The owners (Storc and Comeau) have been busy terracing and creating planting areas and paths. They are not afraid of hard work!
Lyonothamnus floribundus var. asplenifolius (Catalina ironwood)
Happy fern! (in other words I can't remember which one it is).
Argyrocytisus battandieri (Pineapple Broom)
I've got a tiny one of these languishing away behind some other plants.
Someday I hope it looks a little like this, only smaller of course, so it fits. To the left of it is Elaeagnus 'Quicksilver', which I had never properly appreciated until this garden. They grow it so well.
At it loves them back with plenty of volunteers to move about the garden as desired.
Leucadendron NOID, from Cistus of course.
In a container and overwintered under-cover.
*sigh*...Rosa sericea ssp. omeiensis f. pteracantha (aka the Wingthorn Rose). I haven't seen one of these in a garden since I got rid of mine a couple of years ago. I LOVED that plant, but after annual coppicing (to get those bright red thorns) it finally rebelled and just sort of gave up on life. Seeing this one I was convinced I need another.
Damn, everything looks so good in this garden! Pulsatilla vulgaris seed heads.
And space...they've got the space to really let things grow and look their best.
Another Leucadendron that I didn't get the name of.
Gooseberries! The house I grew up in had several large gooseberry shrubs in the landscape (not planted by my parents, inherited). My grandma made gooseberry pies with the fruit. I must admit I've never thought of them after moving away from there in 1989 and these were a surprise to see. It wasn't until looking them up just now that I realized they're a Ribes, duh.
As you might guess I love a garden that squeezes in more plants that you'd think could fit in a space. Note the small blooming Fremontodendron.
Another plant that brings back memories, this of the Clematis my grandma grew next to her front door. She was not a lady with a green thumb, but her Clematis was a beauty. I think I need a deep purple Clematis in my garden.
If you're a HPSO member this garden is open again on July 31st and August 28th, check it out! Lise and Andrew – thank you for opening your garden!
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