Today we head back to Santa Barbara and another garden we visited during the Bromeliad Summit. This was the one "normal" garden on our itinerary; normal meaning it was on a standard-ish residential lot, rather than an estate.
The plants within the garden were anything but normal however. They were the crème de la crème, lots of choice things (many of which I won't be able to give you an exact name on). This beauty may be Leucospermum conocarpodendron.
On the right, above the blue agave (A. parryi?); the cone says cycad, the leaves say, well, I don't know what they say. Palm? Palm and cycad mashup?
Agave 'Kissho Kan'
This collection is on the other side of the driveway (the side you can't see in the intro photo). We were headed towards the back garden but paused to appreciate these beauties.
I asked John the name of this one, and he told me. Sadly I can't remember.
The way this loquat (Eriobotrya japonica) has been pruned makes me want to really go after mine (put that on my "to do" list).
Sadly I won't be able to get away with a large cycad planted at the base of my loquat.
Oh! Pachystegia insignis, I've got one of these. Mine looks rather sad after last winter.
We're in the back garden now and wow. Just wow. Aeonium tabuliforme tucked into the rock wall like it's no big deal. Because of course in Santa Barbara it really is no big deal.
The blooming black aeonium and dark dyckia (I think that's what the red flower spikes belong to) are pretty fabulous, but check out the large mound of Deuterocohnia brevifolia behind them.
There were flowers!
Perfect little Agave victoriae-reginae.
Wowsa! A much larger, but even more perfect, Agave victoriae-reginae.
It looked like you could pick it up and toss it like a ball.
I didn't try.
The lot ended with a steep hillside...
Blooming puya, I think.
The blooms were quite colorful.
Standing at the base of the hillside and looking back at the house.
I spotted a mashup of bromelaids under a tree. I must say they looked rather unloved.
Walking closer to the house and looking back at the hillside, and another house looming above.
I'd seen a few other people climb to the top of the hillside, along that fence on the left. I decided to give it a try. (did I mention I 'm a klutz and wasn't wearing appropriate footwear?)
To my right as I started my climb.
There were several hidden plant vignettes along the climb.
The view from the top. I made it up, and back down, without incident!
Back on the garden level I resumed agave appreciation. Agave bracteosa 'Monterrey Frost'
I have no idea what this cutie is. There's definitely some victoriae-reginae in there.
I should know, the shape is so familiar. Love the variegation.
Agave attenuata, maybe 'Kara's Stripes'.
Crassula rupestris subsp. marnieriana (I believe).
OMG!!! Aloe erinacea
Oh hey! Seeing lizards in a garden is good luck...or so I believe.
I had a little more time before we left, so I walked back around to front garden and to the opposite side of the house from the driveway. I was rewarded with this beauty.
There was a great little garden along the side of the house.
The main plant died and a baby grew from the side?
The echium blooms were being loved up real well by the bees.
Come back tomorrow and we'll look at the lath structures in the center of the back garden and an AMAZING tillandsia collection.
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