Wednesday, August 10, 2022

A November stroll through Seaside Gardens

As the title suggests, it was November—Nov 20th 2021 to be exact—and I was just north of Los Angeles, CA. I'd been set free with a rental car and a full day to myself to explore and get into trouble. Seaside Gardens in Carpinteria was my final stop of the day. The sun was low, and I was a little low too, after all, I was headed back to Portland and a wet winter very the next day. I savored every moment I had in their exquisite display gardens.

This was my second visit to Seaside Gardens, this time I was prepared, knowing just how amazing their gardens were since I walked them back in 2016.

Agave gypsophila 'Ivory Curls'

Most of these images will be sans (without) plant names, unless I happened to snap a shot of a label.

Aloe 'Hercules', a tree aloe

Abromeitiella Brevifolia/Deuterocohnia brevifolia, whatever you want to call this crazy terrestrial bromeliad I love it.

Cyphostemma juttae, at the front

Xanthorrhoea preissii, Western Australian grass tree

Pedilanthus bracteatus, tall slipper plant

I loved this next mash-up of exotic (to me, leucadendron) and not so exotic (kniphofia), not to mention orange and pink. A color combination I struggle with...


Kniphofia and leucadendron


And then of course, there is the ruler of them all, the protea. This one Protea 'Pink Ice'... 

Leucadendron 'Ebony'

Leucadendron argenteum (Silver Tree) with a yellow-flowered strelitzia, bird of paradise.

Banksia spinulosa

Banksia paludosa

Russelia equisetiformis

Rhopalostylis sapida

With just a few minutes left before they closed I quickly dashed around the sales area.

Adenanthos sericeus, commonly known as woolly bush.

Such a great plant that I wish I could grow.

Oh! A pyrrosia...

And a ginormous staghorn fern...

If you find yourself in Carpinteria, California, you'll definitely want to visit Seaside Gardens!

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Monday, August 8, 2022

When a full parking lot is a good thing...

West Seattle Nursery is always worth a visit—so when I had an extra 20 minutes and was nearby, what the heck, I thought I would swing by. I failed to factor in that it was a Sunday afternoon in mid-June, and the sun was out. In other words, EVERYONE in West Seattle who wanted a plant (or two) was there. The parking lot was full. The street parking was all taken. Determined to visit, I circled the block looking for parking and that's when I saw this...

Before we look closely at those wooden figures, I wanted to share what looks to be a lovely front staircase, under construction. 

But it's the figures that caused me to stop and take photos.

They're, well, unusual.

I wonder what the neighbors think?

Is that a fairy on the chimney?

The house looks to be in need of a little TLC, and that's a lot of windows!

I couldn't get a great shot of these two, but yes, the figure on the left does have breasts stacked three high.

The cement wall is impressive.

Another staircase...

I'll do my best to check back here on future Seattle visits, to see what progress—if any—has been made. *Edited 8/9/22 to add a link to a story Kris found and shared in the comments: Controversial wood sculpture destroyed in car crash.*

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