I adore teddy bear sunflowers...I must remember to grow them in one of my driveway stock tanks next year. Or maybe even ask a neighbor if I could take over their hellstrip?
I wish I could share the name of this gorgeous arctostaphylos, isn't it hot?
But there are many more agaves and isn't that what's really important?
I believe this is Agave montana, with a Yucca rostrata friend.
It's also flawless...
Such a superb coloration.
I'm slightly stumped by this one, some 11 months after my visit. I want to call it Agave parryi but I dunno...
Here I'm standing in the street looking at the extra wide hellstrip and across the sidewalk into the garden proper.
Agave xylonacantha? But that's not hardy here in Zone 8...
So many agaves! And they all look so happy...
I really need to add this Phlomis 'Sunningdale Gold' to my garden, I've been head-over-heels in love with it since I first saw it at Argyle Winery on a hot September afternoon.
I think that's a pair of nicely limbed up Pieris japonica? And a sexy big-leaf rhododendron to go with.
I didn't manage to get a shot of the outside of the greenhouse, it seems I was super focused on the contents of the greenhouse. Imagine that.
Back outside and heading around the back of the house...
Wait what!?? A Magnolia macrophylla in a cage? Turns out there are birds in there, hence the wire. That tree is gonna have to escape sometime soon though. It's hard to believe but our Clifford the magnolia looked exactly like this once upon a time.
Now we're back out on the side and front of the house.
I want to call these guys Cyphostemma juttae, aka wild grape, which is a bit of a misnomer because while the fruit looks like grapes, it's not edible and contains toxic levels of tannic acids (and I'm not sure that's what they are anyway!).
Some type of cycad.
The built-in brick planter by the front door is filled with an Agave parryi...
And an unknown opuntia.
Finally, I have no idea where in the garden this scrumptious lupine foliage was exactly, but hey, since I took a photo of it, why not include it? It's so beautiful...
Weather Diary, July 12: Hi 77, Low 59/ Precip 0
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