As usual at these gatherings I snap a couple of photos and then chat with friends, move a few feet, snap a few photos and stop to talk again. This makes for a very disjointed blog post, still... I'll try. The photo at the top is what you see just after entering the back garden. Dale has been working to remove overgrown vines from the back slope of the property and create short terracing to keep everything in place. In the process he's creating more planting space where there was none. Oh and by the way, this was also the only time that comfy and attractive furniture was empty!
This vignette and the next three are just to the left of the seating above.
I never got around to asking Dale if he over-winters the Ensete ventricosum 'Maurelii' (red banana) or if it's treated as an incredible annual.
Grevillea 'Ivanhoe', I love the foliage on this plant. It's borderline hardy here, I probably should plant one again this coming spring.
I think these blooms are Eryngium proteiflorum.
A view of the whole plant(s).
Every time I passed by the crevice garden I snapped a couple of photos, so the lighting is going to very, but isn't it fabulous?
Such an interesting mix of plants and stones. I also grow this Aloinopsis spathulata and I didn't think mine had increased in size at all. However in going back to look up the name I saw the size of the plants I originally bought and realized they have. Still, Dale's are way more impressive.
The Agave bracteosa looks quite at home in the rocks as well.
I love it when you can catch the sunlight illuminating the paddles of Kalanchoe thyrsiflora.
And this! I cannot for the life if me get Agave americana ‘Mediopicta Alba’ to survive in a container, let alone thrive as this one is clearly doing. Well done Dale!
Fellow bloggers Scott, Matthew and Alan.
And I know you were eyeing that large Tetrapanax! Pretty amazing isn't it?
As are the pair of Agave ovatifolia at it's feet.
I've snuck back around to the front of the house now to take a few shots of this sheltered planting area.
The darn bright sun is making photography challenging, but there are some very choice plants, like that Aloe dorotheae in the center. I think Dale has successfully over-wintered it here which is pretty amazing considering it's not cold hardy for us.
Here's the flip side shady planting in the same spot but at the back of the house.
I'm jealous, another friend who has succcess with Caesalpinia gilliesii (Erythrostemon gilliesii), and hey, what do you know!? I thought I'd failed to get a photo of Dale for this post but there he is, just to the left of the flower, he's much taller than that in real life.
And finally the thin spikes of Yucca linearifolia. Thanks for hosting our plant swap Dale and I'm so glad I finally got to see your spiky and fabulous garden!
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