However, we did peruse another garden that was chock full of wonderful plants. That garden wasn't on the tour but it should have been. It's the garden created by Denise of A Growing Obsession, the blogger who arranged our excursion. I've visited Denise's garden once before but that visit occurred in late summer on a very sunny afternoon. This time I had the opportunity to stroll the space under a more camera-friendly cloudy sky.
|This photo evokes the splendor and bounty of Denise's garden for me|
|This is a wider view of the same space|
As you can already tell, Denise's garden is densely planted. Everywhere you turn, there are interesting vignettes.
|Could there be a better pairing than this silvery blue Agave and the deep burgundy Aeonium?|
|How about this one featuring Yucca desmetiana 'Blue Boy' and an almost-black Aeonium?|
|Or this one featuring Agave 'Blue Flame' and an Aloe I can't identify with Centranthus ruber making an unexpected cameo appearance?|
|This photo captures one of my favorite Agaves, A. pygmae 'Dragon Toes', with another Aloe I can't identify, all the more beautiful for blushing under stress. On the lower left, is Aeonium 'Mardi Gras', a plant I've long coveted but have yet to find.|
|This Agave vilmoriniana 'Variegata' in a pot also commands attention|
There were other plants in containers clustered in groups.
|For some reason, I missed the opportunity to photograph the garden's hanging plants but there were plenty of those too|
And there were plants that made me green with envy.
|These are just three of the plants I coveted: Eucalyptus 'Moon Lagoon', Fatsia japonica 'Camouflage', and Melianthus major 'Purple Haze'|
Some of Denise's plants are huge, sending chills down my spine when I realize that I probably haven't allocated quite enough space to the specimens in my own garden.
|Denise's garden makes it clear just how large Agave 'Blue Glow', Agave 'Jaws' and Dasyliron can get|
Denise also has plants-in-waiting for the day some of her mature Agaves bloom and die.
|I think the babies on the right are Agave mitis but I'm not sure of the identity of those on the left (A. 'Cream Spike' maybe?)|
But of all the great garden photos I captured on my visit, this one was my favorite:
|This is Banksy, who was very happy whiling away the day burrowed in the back garden, diplomatically tolerating my attention|
Thanks for opening your garden for our visit, Denise! Readers can find more photos of Denise's garden on Hoover Boo's blog, Piece of Eden, here. And, if you want to see the changes Denise has made to her garden since our visit, you can find those in her recent Bloom Day post here.
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