Wednesday, January 12, 2022

My visit to The Well and Porch—in Summerland

I had the entire final day of our November trip to SoCal free to soak up the sun and explore area gardens and nurseries. I had no specific plans other than to drive up the 101 towards Santa Barbara, final destination Terra Sol Garden Center in Goleta. As I neared the exotically named Summerland, something "planty" caught my eye and so I took the exit, wondering exactly what it was. I'll share that planty place in a later post, but today we're checking out The Well, which I passed while backtracking.

The Well was a treasure trove of fabulous planters, expertly planted. I just wandered and snapped photos. Not much editorial to this post, just enjoy the inspiration...






 











The feeling I got walking around the displays encapsulated everything I find so enticing about the SoCal lifestyle. That is living outdoors year-round. It was November after all and 90% of their inventory was outside. Color me very jealous. It was a very inspiring place to visit.

Just down the street from Well, I spotted Porch. I visited the Carpinteria, CA, location of Porch back in 2015, it was fun to follow them here.

I took this dreamy shot right outside their front door.

Sadly they don't have a large outdoor space at this location, just an upstairs balcony.

But this pot and plant combination I spotted there was pretty outstanding.

And the pot alone, for your viewing pleasure. It's pretty fabulous.

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22 comments:

  1. It's interesting that, during a short visit, you discovered a garden-y place I'd not heard of! Your photos made me think it was a new and improved version of Porch. I knew that Porch in Carpinteria was gone but until now I didn't realize that it'd moved to Summerland. I'll have to check out both The Well and the new Porch on my next trip north!

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    1. I looks forward to hearing what you think of both. There's another shop just across the street from Porch that's worth checking out too, but I didn't catch the name of it—I'm sure you'll see the plants!

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  2. Wow, what a discovery! Two new places to stop the next time in the area.

    Those concrete bowls are EVERYTHING!

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  3. Good thing we have nothing like that here, I'd go broke.

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  4. The Well is such a dreamy place! I'd be thrilled to have anything I see in the photos. Stone planters are so cool, especially those with the short little 'feet'.
    I smiled at the weaved saguaro cactus. I can imagine it all glammed up for a desert take on a Christmas tree.

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  5. I just saw the chair I want for the deck. Too far to drive and too expensive to ship. Dream on.

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    1. But maybe a call to them would give you a manufacturer name you could hunt down closer to you?

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  6. Cool concrete pot. The weather there is perfect for succulents in pots--almost never hot, always mild, so they never get stressed. A great area to visit. Housing is insanely expensive.

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    1. I'm just going to keep dreaming about living there...

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  7. What a cool shop... inspires in all the right ways. You're right about that SoCal lifestyle... I'd live there if not for the traffic!

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    1. I wouldn't even mind the traffic, if I could afford it!

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  8. Such fun, Loree! Thanks for taking us along. My sister lives in Santa Barbara and what a heavenly area it is!

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  9. I could spend a lot of money there ! đŸ˜„

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    1. Ya, I didn't even bother to look at the price tags but treated it almost like a museum.

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  10. Cool containers but they look really heavy. Don't think these would be making the annual pilgrimage into the garage. Especially like the crimped edged ones. Would definitely make a statement in the landscape

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    1. Definitely a place it and leave it sort of thing.

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  11. Santa Barbara is on my agenda for a planned spring road trip- 2 long years since I've been down there. This definitely looks worth a stop and I may even stay in Summerland this time. And that bowl stuffed with Echeveria imbricata...I need to copy that for sure.

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    1. Lucky you! Sounds like perhaps a trip to Lotusland? They had just closed for the season when I was there.

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