Back in January, when I made my much-needed escape to the sunshine of southern California, I got to tour the private garden of K, friend and neighbor of Hoov of Piece of Eden fame. Hoov had mentioned the possibility, but I was still happily surprised when she hustled Kris and I over to see K's before looking around Hoov's own garden...
This is street-side, below the garden proper.
And this a sort of off-street parking area, and entrance to the garden.
California here I am!
My eyeballs (and skin) were thirsty for sunshine and beauty. I was so overwhelmed with the ugliness of winter at home (I left this behind when I boarded the plane) that I felt a little gardening brain-dead as we walked the garden, like someone who hasn't eaten for days, suddenly at an all you can eat buffet.
This was my first sighting of the Tillandsia, which K later shared with me.
It's been tentatively ID'd as Tillandsia bergeri. Oh hey, and I grow that fern in Portland!
What a nice place to soak up the sunshine.
And have you ever!? What a huge Staghorn Fern...
I covet this Bromeliad.
Another plant I grow, that is if this is Aloe dorotheae...but of course mine is in a container.
There were several perfect A. parryi.
I think this big guy is A. 'Mr. Ripple'...
The most beautiful Agave vilmoriniana 'Stained Glass' I've ever seen (we'll get another view, from below, in a bit).
Perhaps Aloe cameronii? (ID lifted from Kris)
*Sigh* a couple of HUGE Agave 'Blue Glow' and A. macroacantha (in the middle).
Close-up of the 'Blue Glow'...
Close-up of the A. macroacantha.
Maybe Agave colorata, backed by A. bovicornuta (?).
Dunno, but it's fabulous.
That might be Aloe marlothii in the front, and one of the Agave attenuata hybrids in the back.
We know this beauty is Agave desmettiana 'Joe Hoak'...
Euphorbia polygona (?)
More of the Agave attenuata hybrids.
Blooming is Aloe 'Moonglow'...
Kris thinks this is Aloe ferox (sounds good to me!)...
The star of the garden, back for another showing....Agave vilmoriniana 'Stained Glass'.
Aloe brevifolia, I believe.
Agave gypsophila 'Ivory Curls', in the front.
I wanna call this one Agave lophantha, but I don't think that's right. If I was one of those crazy companies that goes for catchy, meaningless (stupid), common names I would call it Agave 'Sharp Stuff'...
Before leaving we walked though the smaller back garden.
Where there were more striking Bromeliads.
And this cutie! Thank you so much K, for letting us wander through your gorgeous garden and the gift of Tillandsia! Thanks also to Hoov for getting us in to see K's garden...
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