Monday, March 25, 2019

Cistus Nursery, in mid-March

I usually make at least one winter-time visit to Cistus, this year I went from the wreath making visit last November all the way to March 13th without stopping by. I was obviously long overdue...

This visit was such a mood lifter after a freaky cold and snowy February and early March.

Maytenus boaria 'Green Showers', the mama plant of my tree.

*sigh* another reminder that I need to add some Cyclamen to my garden.

And this! So wish I had room for a Garrya elliptica.

The promise of spring...

Yucca baccata

Arctostaphylos 'Pacific Mist'

Gunnera manicata

Ochagavia carnea

One of these really wanted to come home with me, but since I still get all weepy thinking about the last one I planted, and lost, well. I walked away.

That blue sky!

Edgeworthia papyrifera ‘Akebono Improved’

This looks so reptilian...

Fern magic...

And then there were spikes...

Every color and length imaginable...

"Not necessarily for beginners" a challenge if ever I heard one.

But I want them all!

Okay, must look elsewhere and then come back and make my choices.

Aloe arborescens 'Variegata'

Back in the greenhouses there were several fabulous Echium in bloom...

So lovely!

And then I made my purchases and made my way home. Here's what I left with...

Another Aechmea x Billbergia which I think is maybe a Cryptbergia.

My "not for beginners" cactus...

Echinomastus johnsonii

Echinocereus engelmannii

Aloe aristata, one is a birthday gift for a friend, and I "needed" another. Mine in the ground have done fabulous...

Xerophyta capensis

Which is great for its black coloring on the tips of each leaf and the violet flowers to come.

Finally a pair of Fascicularia pitcairnifolia. On the left is F. pitcairnifolia (Cotswold) and on the right Fascicularia pitcairnifolia 'Spinners Form'.

I'm already scheming on my next visit...

Weather Diary, March 24: Hi 63, Low 44/ Precip 0

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Friday, March 22, 2019

Where I return to the garden of Marcia Donahue

Sometimes I have to pinch myself, am I dreaming or is this real?

Turns out on this particular occasion it was very real.

December 7th, 2018 and I was standing in front of Marcia Donahue's house in Berkeley, CA. There's Marcia herself!

I was visiting with my fellow Pacific Horticulture board members. We had a meeting scheduled for the next day but were squeezing in a few garden tours first.

This was my second visit to Marcia's garden, the first was in September of 2014 (here). In case you're not familiar with Marcia's work she's a ceramic artist. These huge beads are her creation and hang in a tree at the front of her house.

These are also her work.

She's amazing! And she's built quite the garden to go with these sculptures.

Heading down the narrow side garden...(that's Lorene Edwards Forkner, she of the fabulous #seeingcolorinthegarden studies on Instagram)...

Wouldn't this be nice to have in your garden? Perhaps a warming dip before dinner?

And we're just about to the back garden...(that's Jennifer Jewell, the host of Cultivating Place)

Looks like a couple different pyrrosia.

The pond!

Someday I'd like to purchase a couple of Marcia's bulbs.

Or maybe her turkey-tail lichen?

Tree tomatoes! Aka tamarillo.

They are edible.

At first I thought this might be the flower of the tamarillo but it's not, it belongs to something else growing nearby.

The garden contains many more tillandsia and bromeliads than I saw on my prior visit.

I am so completely envious of those who live in a climate where these plants can stay outdoors year-round.

The plants and the artwork just blend together seamlessly.

Marcia pointed out that the ceramic turkey-tails came first, the natural one just appeared on its own.

Another plant and flower mash-up that's not a "real-life" combo.

What's real and what's artwork? Sometimes it's hard to tell.

Cannomois grandis

Time to follow the pathway back around to the front of the house.

If you're in Berkeley on a Sunday Marcia opens her garden on most Sunday afternoons (3017 Wheeler St. Berkeley CA). You really should visit.

Weather Diary, March 21: Hi 59, Low 47/ Precip trace

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