I've visited, and written about, my friend Gerhard's garden in 2014 (here) and then again in 2016 (here). It would appear I'm on the "every two year" plan, as I was there again last month, April 2018...
I was in town for a 2-day Pacific Horticulture board meeting, at UC Davis, and Gerhard and Heather graciously invited me to stay at at their garden, or er, I mean house. Gerhard picked me up and when we got back to their place the light in the garden was fabulous. It was dinner time but we squeezed in a little garden tour before hand.
For my 2014 visit this area was all still lawn. In 2016 it fairly was newly planted up with a wonderful selection of some of my favorite "desert plants", to say they've grown is an understatement, it's almost jungley. The Agave vilmoriniana 'Stained Glass' was positively glowing...
As was A. 'Blue Glow', of course...
If I had laid on the ground, and waited for just the right moment, I wonder if I could have gotten these red spines to glow too?
I think this is one of Plant Delights fancy new Agave introductions, maybe Agave obscura 'Red Skyline', but I could be wrong. I am probably wrong.
I guess I should warn you, this post is going to be light on specific plant names. I labeled what I was sure of, and pulled what I could from a recent post of Gerhard's, but sometimes it's okay to just soak up the beauty and not have to label everything...
That said, I think this is Aloe marlothii.
A Bromeliad planter wall! I like it, especially when backed by that gorgeous Cycad.
Mangaves, all lined up for their portrait.
Grevillea, perhaps 'Ned Kelly'
I swoon! I wish my cloudy cabbages (which Gerhard kindly sent me from Annie's Annuals) were still alive. Oh, it's real name is Bukiniczia cabulica.
Ditto for my Agave bovicornuta, Gerhard's plant was a vision of spiky perfection.
And I do mean spiky...
Agave 'Sun Glow' (I think?)
Those are some looonnnggg spikes...
I love the variety of colors and textures (all spiky!) in this bed, which borders the walkway to the front door. When I first visited Gerhard's garden there was huge Agave desmetiana 'Variegata' here, sending up its bloomspike.
These next 18 photos are of the area along the front sidewalk, public gardening space outside the fence that surrounds the front garden. It's a wonder there aren't accidents as people slow down to gawk at the plants. Phlomis fruticosa...
Agave weberi ‘Arizona Star’ with another Aloe marlothii to it's left.
Blooming (leaning) Echium wildpretii in the distance.
Banksia blechnifolia, I am so jealous and wish I could grow this plant.
Looking backwards and admiring the enormous Leucadendron.
Oh the beauty of the Palo Verde...
Agave gentryi 'Jaws' and Yucca linearifolia with a little color from Calliandra californica.
Aloidendron 'Hercules' rules over it's diminuative subjects...
Aloe broomii (perfection!)
Reaching out for the sun's last rays (Aloe ferox on the far left)...
There were so many flawless Agave americana var. medio-picta 'Alba' all around Davis.
Like the Agave ovatifolia seemed to reign in Austin this Agave says "Davis" to me, they were so perfectly grown.
Yucca baccata var. vespertina 'Hualampai Blue'
Aechmea recurvata 'Big Mama'
Now we've walked around and are admiring the plantings between Heather and Gerhad's driveway and the neighbor's.
And these last few shots were taken in the back garden the next morning. Hechtia...
And another Hechtia
I'll wrap up this quick tour of Gerhard's amazing garden with this. Can you guess what it is?
If you guessed the dried up bloom stalk from an Echium wildpretii you are correct! And if you want to see more of Gerhard's garden, and his spiky adventures, follow his blog Succulents and More.
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