Last September Andrew and I had the pleasure of joining Sean Hogan and Preston Pew for dinner—cioppino!—in John and Kathleen's garden. Things got started out front, where a small cocktail table had been set up and sparkling wine was served. So often the front garden (any front garden) is treated as a pass-thru space. The opportunity to linger and admire the plants was appreciated.
The arctostaphylos in the front garden have undergone a thoughtful pruning. I believe Preston played a part in that.
The Yucca rostrata are looking so lush.
I'm not sure of the ID on this abutilon but it's such a soft orange, I just might need to add it to my garden.
When we did make our way around to the back garden I was thrilled to see their new gate had been installed.
The garden had that late summer "jungle" vibe...
Passiflora 'Fata Confetto'
Cannas in the water feature.
The Leucadendron argenteum (Silver Tree) was a sight to see, almost outshining that fabulous Agave ovatifolia.
Of course a thorough garden walk-about preceded dinner. Are John and Sean talking about the leucadendron, or something else?
Another A. ovatifolia... I remember thinking this one was fixing to bloom last year or the year before—because of it's slightly "pinched" appearance. Clearly I was wrong.
Passiflora vitifolia 'Scarlet Flame', I believe.
Melianthus major 'Purple Haze'
Alstroemeria 'Indian Summer' blooming on the left, on the right I believe that's a pomegranate.
The alocasia clearly enjoyed the hot summer we had.
Yucca schottii backed by blooms of Caesalpinia gilliesii (now Erythrostemon gilliesii).
A bloom close-up...
The thin vertical rocks of the crevice garden—once so prominent—are now almost completely hidden by large agaves.
This Agave 'Blue Glow' hasn't bloomed, but it's forming pups within it's leaves.
Positively dreamy, don't you think?
Tomatoes and matching blooms in the small veggie garden.
A fabulously overgrown tunnel leads back to where the table was ready for dinner.
A little sky shows thru the plant-magic.
We end with the green-on-green foliage of a variegated Daphniphyllum.
For last year's visit to this favorite garden here's Part One, and here's Part Two.
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