Our first stop was Seaside Gardens in Carpinteria. In addition to offering a great selection of California-friendly plants, it has wonderful demonstration gardens. The first thing we saw when we got out of the car was a hummingbird flitting among the flowers of Grevillea 'Ned Kelly.'
|The hummingbird was not at all intimidated by the fact that 2 women were standing 2 feet away aiming cameras in his direction|
A busload of ladies from the Red Hat Society arrived shortly after my friend and I so I didn't get many pictures of the demonstration gardens during this visit but you can find photos of my November visit to Seaside here.
|Views from Seaside's various demonstration gardens|
|It looked to me as though our earlier heatwave may have already taken a toll on the California poppies' show|
As we visited on the second day of spring, Seaside was especially well stocked.
There were some gorgeous plants up front that made my heart flutter but one look at their price tags nearly made my heart stop. None of these plants came home with me.
I left with 9 plants but there were several others I've had some misgivings about leaving behind.
|Clockwise from upper left: Veltheimia bracteata 'Yellow Comet,' Halimium lasianthum, Petrea volubilis, Lonicera japonica 'Mint Crisp,' Boronia megastigma, and Leucadendron 'Jester'|
After lunch, we headed back south, getting off the freeway and turning east upon reaching Ventura. About 15 minutes later in the town of Casita Springs, we found our next target: Australian Native Plants Nursery. This nursery is generally open only by appointment but my friend had made arrangements for the stop earlier and the gate was open when we arrived.
My friend was immediately entranced by the beautiful purple-flowered shrub next to the entrance, which I recognized as a Prostanthera.
|I initially thought this must be Prostanthera linearis but, after checking ANP's website, my guess is that it's the non-variegated form of P. ovalifolia|
Meanwhile, I was attracted by a large Acacia on the other side of the gate, as an Acacia was on my list of prospects for my back border.
|I didn't ask which Acacia this was as it was too tall for my needs|
As this is a true nursery, there weren't many flashy plant displays but there were plants stacked on tables, plants lined up in rows, and plants in hoop houses, some of which were open to visitors and others which were not.
A number of plants caught my eye but were ultimately left behind, at least this time.
|Left to right: Hakea petiolaris, Leucadendron discolor, and Grevillea rivularis|
Jo, the owner, located all the plants I asked for. As I was checking out with 5 plants, my friend and I heard a frog croaking at our feet. We never did see the frog but we did see this:
|Grevillea 'Pink Midget,' not currently available|
After we squeezed this round of purchases into my friend's car, we were off again, headed to one of my favorite nurseries, Sperling, in Calabasas. To my knowledge, the property is still for sale but on this early spring day, it was well-stocked and crowded with visitors. As we'd gotten caught up in a hideous traffic jam on our way south and it was already late afternoon, I didn't linger to take more than a few photos before filling my cart with 21 more plants.
|Metal goats appear to be popular!|
|The succulent in the photo on the far right is Euphorbia xantii (aka Cherry Blossom Euphorbia)|
Here's a different view of my purchases. I managed to get almost all of these in the ground before the current heatwave struck.
Hopefully, if the heatwave passes within 2 days as expected, all will survive. I'll show photos of the plants in the garden when I get a chance.
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