|The chief attraction in the Asian Garden was the white-flowered tree, which I think is Chionanthus retusus (aka Chinese fringe tree)|
|The Cottage Garden was in full flower but many of the blooms were looking rain-sodden. The lavender-flowered Phlomis purpurea and the yellow-flowered Phlomis fruticosa were exceptions.|
|The Grassland area looked properly moody|
|While the California poppies had all closed up shop, the Echiums in the California Native Garden laughed at the rain|
|Part of what I assume was a rain garden meant to channel water under the low bridge shown in the prior photo|
|I took a lot of photos of the Echiums. I'm guessing these are two Echium fastousum 'Pride of Madeira' framing a variegated E. candicans 'Star of Madeira'.|
Even under gloomy skies, the Succulent Garden was perhaps the most photogenic.
|Even when in the background, Euphorbia tirucalli 'Sticks on Fire' glows|
|A lovely combination of red and blue|
|I think this is Euphorbia xanti (aka cherry blossom euphorbia and Baja spurge). It's fragrant flower-like bracts are always surprising.|
|Tree aloes (Aloidendron barberae) in the background and blooming coral aloes (Aloe striata) in the foreground|
|I take a photo of this aloe mass almost every time I visit. I didn't see a tag for it but one of my prior photos identifies is as Aloe arborescens. It doesn't look much like the others I've seen, though.|
Of course, I did a little shopping. I only came away with 2 plants from Seaside on this trip but I was sorely tempted by some pricey pots.
|I couldn't justify $150 for a pot this size even if each was unique|
We made stops at two more nurseries, where I managed to let go of more cash. I didn't take any photos at Island View Nursery but I bought several succulents, a small pot, and a pretty Rex begonia. After lunch, we drove to Terra Sol Garden Center in Goleta. As it was our last stop of the trip, I was freer with my wallet, although none of my purchases was especially unusual. I stopped myself from going nuts.
|This beautiful spiral cactus (Cereus forbesii maybe?) was $425|
|I've thought of introducing some sea-style features in my garden but this mermaid statue was a bit outside my budget at $289|
Here's a photo of most of what I brought home.
|My noID Rex begonia from Island View, potted up and tucked into my shade house|
|Like the Corydalis shown here, almost everything I purchased last weekend and during my recent plant sale visits have been tucked into the ground or pots|
I REALLY should stop buying plants. I'm running out of places to put what I pick up on the fly. Of course, if I manage to clear more of the ivy and honeysuckle from the back slope or redesign the bromeliad bed the raccoons keep digging up, I might be able to find a bit more room...
Have a great weekend!
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