|I was very taken with the mass display of Osteospermum here. While I use a lot of these plants in my own garden, this view had me thinking about planting them en masse like this.|
|There's a nice clump of Phylica pubescens (aka Featherhead) in the middle of this shot. Seaside Gardens was the first place I saw this plant and where I bought my first one. I've killed a few of them since but I still haven't quite given up on them.|
|There were some Aloes in bloom in the succulent garden but I don't think the display has reached its peak yet|
|The strong sunlight near mid-day made photo-taking difficult but the Euphorbia tirucalli 'Sticks on Fire' stood out brilliantly behind the ponytail palms (Beaucarnea recurvata) here|
We stopped briefly at 2 nearby orchid outlets but, as neither offered much beyond Cymbidium and Phalaeonopsis, we didn't linger. One, Gallup & Stribling, clearly showed the impact of January's mudslides.
|The piles of mud on either side of the driveway to the orchid showroom were roughly 5 feet high|
Island View, our next stop, less than half a mile away, seemed unaffected by the mudslides as far as we could see, even though it was also in the evacuation zone.
|Maybe these dinosaurs near the entrance were fierce enough to hold back the mud (Photo courtesy of my friend)|
|The nursery carries landscaping plants but its indoor plants are the main draw when we visit|
After lunch, we visited Terra Sol in Santa Barbara. At this point, I was very focused on shopping and I took no photos whatsoever. After loading up my purchases, we headed south towards home. I had very little on my shopping list when we headed out, almost none of which I found, but I still ended up bringing home plants. Are you surprised?
Most, although not all, of my plant purchases have been tucked into the ground (or pots) in anticipation of our second rainstorm this week.
|This is the unnamed Rex Begonia I found at Island view, sitting in the lath house|
|For now, the cheetah pot is serving as a tool holder in the lath house|
|A closer look at the Boronia megastigma in the back border. It has a lovely scent, strong but not cloying, which my friend and I enjoyed as we traveled to and fro on Saturday.|
|And here's Phylica pubescens, in a spot I hope will be more to its liking than those I gave its now dead predecessors|
None of the rain forecast for here Thursday night showed up and, thus far, the rain this morning is only a slow drizzle, yet there are evacuations up north. If only the rain there could be lighter and the rain here heavier! There's another chance of very light rain in the forecast for the weekend after this one but nothing else at all in the extended forecast until mid-April and that isn't expected to be much either. Apparently, I need to learn some better raindances. I hope you enjoy a bright sunny weekend, wherever you are.
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