|We were greeted by this Gulf Fritillary upon our arrival|
|Unfortunately for my pocketbook, the nursery seemed especially well stocked|
|Pentas and Salvias on this table attracted bees, butterflies and feuding hummingbirds. I tried to catch a photo of the hummers but they weren't accommodating.|
|I did get a shot of this Salvia semiatrata with its pink and purple flowers. I exercised some restraint and did NOT add one of these to my cart.|
|I almost took home a new-to-me Phormium 'Golden Ray' (shown in the left front section of this stand) but I really couldn't think of anywhere I could put it|
We toured the demonstration gardens too; however, I didn't take many photos because the light was harsh.
|I was shooting into the sun here but, even if a little blurred, I still thought the scene was pretty enough to share|
|The grasses were abundant|
|And of course the Succulent Garden always looks good|
|I found this plant with its red grape-like fruit interesting. We couldn't find a label but my friend remembered seeing it at The Huntington Gardens and said the fruits are poisonous. After a little on-line digging, I identified it as Cyphostemma juttae.|
After a quick stop at a garden center down the road, we went in search of lunch as we were starving and our usual haunt was closed for a private party. Feeling sluggish after lunch and given that I'd already mostly filled my friend's car with plants from Seaside, we made just one more stop.
|This is Terra Sol, located in Goleta (near Santa Barbara)|
It was late in the afternoon when we got back to my friend's house and, facing close to a 2-hour drive south in traffic to my own home, I got on the road fairly quickly after loading up my trunk.
|Here's what my car's trunk looked like before I unloaded it. For the record, I've done worse - I didn't even have to lower the back seats to hold my purchases this time.|
|Here's a photo of my haul spread out in my cutting garden|
I've done relatively well getting most of these plants in the ground so let me give you a closer look at those I'm most excited about.
|This is Correa 'Sister Dawn', which looks remarkably like Correa 'Dawn in Santa Cruz', a plant I've been seeking for years|
|This one also came from Jo's nursery. It's Isopogon anemonifolius. It doesn't look like much here but you can find a photo of it in flower here.|
|This is Leucadendron 'Cloudbank Ginny', which produces attractive flower-like bracts (which you can see here). I needed another Leucadendron, didn't I? I think this makes 21 now.|
|This was also an impromptu purchase, although that could perhaps be said for a large number of the plants I buy. This is Hemizygia 'Candy Kisses', reputed to be a drought tolerant perennial ground cover in my area.|
|This is one of the few plants I still need to get into the ground but I've selected its spot. It's Senna artemisioides (aka Cassia artemisioides).|
I'd like to say that's all the plants I've purchased this November but that would be a lie. I got some recent mail order purchases planted in the last week as well.
|The Heuchera 'Marmalade' here came from Annie's Annuals & Perennials. It's supposed to hold up better to heat that most Heuchera. We'll see!|
At least planting and puttering in my garden provides a temporary distraction from the daily news feed, which has become essential to my sanity. I hope you manage to find pleasant distractions to take your mind off things this weekend. Best wishes.
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