I've posted photos of Seaside Gardens before but there's always something new to see. Half the 3-acre nursery is devoted to a demonstration garden, which is worth a visit all by itself. I started in the Australian area and meandered through the adjoining South African and Mediterranean areas.
|Unspecified variety of Banksia|
|I'm not a palm aficionado but I stopped in my tracks when I saw this one, which I think must be Bismarckia nobilis|
|There were several impressive Duranta repens grown as small trees. This one had a mass of Tagetes lemmonii at its feet.|
|The garden has a large group of mature Leucadendron, underplanted with Osteospermum|
|I think most of these were Leucadendron 'Safari Sunset' - who knew they could get that big?|
|Lomandra longifolia, which I've used extensively in my own garden as a grass substitute|
|The most beautiful mass planting of Russelia equisetiformis I've ever seen anywhere|
Next up was the succulent and desert plants area.
|The sun was high in the sky so my photos are over-exposed but the view is still glorious|
|Aloes were in bloom everywhere - I think this one is A. arborescens|
|Ponytail palms (Beaucarnea recurvata)?|
|Cotyledon orbiculata (aka Pig's Ear)|
|A mass planting of Kalanchoe (no ID)|
I checked out the grasses too.
|I loved this low-growing grass, Tripsacum floridana, but it wasn't available for sale|
|These tall grasses looked wonderful in the sun|
There were also lots of interesting plants for sale, including:
|Grevillea 'Little Honey'|
|Grevillea 'Long John,' which is said to be similar to the smaller G. 'Bonfire' I planted in my garden a few months ago|
|Grevillea 'Ned Kelly' - mine hasn't yet bloomed|
|Grevillea 'Robyn Gordon,' which is similar to the G. 'Superb' in my garden|
|I was very tempted by this Phylica pubescens until I saw the $400 price tag|
I was on the look-out for Grevillea 'Peaches and Cream,' which Seaside didn't have; however, I managed to pick up a dozen small succulents and a half-dozen other plants before we left. After lunch, we drove back south and stopped at another of my favorite nurseries, Sperling, in Calabasas. I didn't take many photos there - I was too busy plant shopping. In preparing this post, I discovered that the Sperling property is up for sale, a prospect that I've feared since I heard that the founder had passed away. I'm very afraid that the 10+ acre property could be sold to a developer, which will be deeply disappointing as this is a truly great nursery.
|I did make a quick round of the gift shop, a place I rarely get to when visiting Sperling|
|If I didn't have my husband hard at work laying paving stones in our front yard, I'd ask him to make me a replica of these wooden deer|
|And I took note of a new collection of small-sized Agave specimens, 2 of which came home with me|
That's it for Saturday's jaunt, which lightened my pocketbook but produced a haul of 35 plants (not including 4 my friend sent home with me). Since Saturday, I've spent all my free moments planting but still have a lot left to get in the ground ahead of the rain storm forecasters are predicting for early next week. I'll share photos of some of the new additions soon.
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