One of the first things you see upon entering the garden is the incredible meadow, currently dominated by the bright orange blooms of California poppies.
|Views of the meadow from different angles|
|Bright yellow lupines (top row) dotted the meadow and pink flowers (Clarkia unguiculata perhaps?) provided a punch next to the orange poppies here and there but my favorite flower was the Matilija poppy (Romneya coulteri).|
Although we missed the peak period of spring bloom, there were still lots of flowers.
There were other plants of interest too:
|Clockwise from top left: Agave shawii, Asarum caudatum, Yucca whipplei (almost in bloom!), and Dudleya (no ID)|
We took a walk through the Redwood forest area.
|There's nothing like a Redwood to put your place in the world in perspective|
|Although some people clearly need a reminder not to mess with the trees; however, on the good news page, the tree shown above was the only plant we saw carved up|
|Views from the forest area - doesn't that rock look as though he could speak? (Or is that just me?)|
We walked the canyon area and strolled through the woodland area following the stream.
|Views along the stream, which was mostly dry|
|My favorite view in the garden|
|I loved these 2 seating areas too|
We didn't spend any time sitting. I spent a good amount of time in in the native plant nursery checking out the stock. Despite my intention to avoid any further planting until fall, I left with 5 plants: 3 Erigeron 'Ron's Pink,' a Physocarpus capitatus, and a Vaccinium ovatum. The Physocarpus was probably a mistake as our area may not have sufficient winter cold but my fingers are crossed it'll manage the zonal stretch.
With my rule against spring/summer planting broken, you can imagine how our stops at 3 nurseries on the way home went. But that's a story for another post.
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