A friend warned me the garden wasn't likely to be my "thing," since she knew I wasn't a big fan of art in the garden. But she was wrong. I loved how personal the space was, everywhere I turned there was something original and colorful. And of course there were fabulous plants, like this Yucca desmetiana 'Blue Boy' (syn. Yucca aloifolia 'Purpurea') currently in the hellstrip.
That first visit was in July and the exuberant plantings tamed the art a little bit. My most recent visit was last December. With many of the plants gone dormant for the season, or maybe just bloomed out, the art was front and center everywhere you looked.
The lower angle of the sun made capturing parts of the garden difficult, but I still shot over a hundred images. Don't worry, I greatly pared them down for this post.
That Ensete ventricosum 'Maurelii' was huge.
If you click back to my 2013 post (here) it was in the same spot, only much smaller. I assumed it was the same plant, but I really should have asked.
Looking back toward Keeyla's house, and that epic banana.
Notice the outdoor shower on the right.
I have a couple of dried brugmansia blossoms hanging above my desk, these felt very similar, but of course can stand up to the elements.
Abutilon 'Red Tiger'
I'm sure Keeyla arranged the carpet of ginkgo leaves just for our visit.
Did you spot the daffodils (above, and below)? Do you remember my saying I was there in December? Ya, I don't know what's up with that.
The kniphofia were a nice color match as well.
Last time I was here we walked through the studio at the back of the property.
But it wasn't a pass-through space this time so we turned around and retraced our steps.
Papyrus! In December...
Isn't Keeyla's garden magical?
And that banana! Of course in December, when I was here, my red banana at home was still looking great—that was before our "winter-in-February." I had dreams of a plant, if not this size, at least half as huge. Sadly that wasn't to be the case.
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