A Visit to Zone 10..

dodgerdudetteApril 12, 2011

As promised, a few more photos from Seaside Gardens in Carpenteria.

There was lots of lavender in full bloom, still a month off in my garden. The middle ground pink is Cistus From 2011-04-11

They had a fantastic planting of grasses. With the afternoon sea breezes here this area must be really dynamic. From 2011-04-11 From 2011-04-11 From 2011-04-11

The blue in the foreground is one of our native Ceonothus, which is blooming now all up and down the coast. From 2011-04-11

Aloes and Aeoniums From 2011-04-11 From 2011-04-11 From 2011-04-11 From 2011-04-11

The garden was so colorful-really well designed to take advantage of what is blooming now-in whatever season. From 2011-04-11

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gardenbug(Canada zone 5)

You didn't warn us to wear sunglasses! WOW! It POPS!

    Bookmark   April 12, 2011 at 10:34PM
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I want to see this in person! Just gorgeous Kathy, thank you for sharing.

GB, you're right about the sunglasses - everything's so subtle on the east coast right now.


    Bookmark   April 13, 2011 at 5:57AM
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chloehoover(z6b VA)

Wowser -- Kathy, you're so right - it's such an amazingly well designed garden - I love the flow to it and how well placed everything is.... it must be simply breathtaking in person.... another who'd love to live in Zone 10...I'd give up tulips I do believe.

And to see the ceonanthus in "native" -- another shrub I've lusted after but had no success in getting it to live thru my zone (there are a couple that are supposedly hardy into Z7 and a few southern VA nurseries do sell it).

Keep those photos coming!


    Bookmark   April 13, 2011 at 8:58AM
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    Bookmark   April 13, 2011 at 12:09PM
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yeonasky(z8b VancouverBC)

My thoughts, exactly, Woody. Fantasyland. Is this real? It looks as if the grass is not just greener on the other side...

Thanks for the peek.


    Bookmark   April 13, 2011 at 1:37PM
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Some of those plantings are downright alien. What a wonderful place! I particularly like the grasses and I bet they're just beautiful in the breeze.

I particularly like Ceonothus, does it have a fragrance?

    Bookmark   April 13, 2011 at 6:21PM
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Here is another photo of a Ceanothus from Seaside gardens, common name is 'California Lilac' but I never hear that used anywhere.
This Calif native plant blooms only in spring and there are both bush forms and groundcover forms. No fragrance Chelone !

Cindy, I think it's not so much hardiness as the issue as it might be the summer rains. This plant lives in the wild with zero rain in summer and does not tolerate wet feet. From 2011-04-11

    Bookmark   April 13, 2011 at 7:52PM
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Denise and I had a great time today here, unfortunately the sun came out and made photos difficult. I really need to visit here when the June gloom is upon us.

The entry garden had an installation of these giant ants.. From 2011-04-13

Madame Ganna Walskas residence.. From 2011-04-13

One of the pools-abalone and other shells are used with abandon.

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Oy , the Agaves ! We looked for a tag to no avail on this one, so Denise will look in her Agave book. These are huge plants, 5 to 6 footers From 2011-04-13 From 2011-04-13

Lemons anyone ? From 2011-04-13

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chloehoover(z6b VA)

I wonder if those "ants" are supposed to be lotus eaters, LOL? I'd be happy to live there as a bug!

So cool -- I think because so much of it has such immense structure that everything is so incredibly striking (of course the techno color is not bad either).

Yes, that could be re the ceonothus and dry winters --not likely to happen in my geographic location. I guess they're similar to hebes for that reason (another one I'd adore to grow).

Glad you had such fun with Denise -- what could be more fun, except with more idyllers?


    Bookmark   April 14, 2011 at 9:18AM
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Absolutely sumptuous. I just love the cactus gahden. What a magnificent place, wow, wow, wow!

And the ants... fabu-fabu!

    Bookmark   April 14, 2011 at 3:04PM
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Somehow I missed this thread. Wow, the color is out of this world! Love the use of the lemons. The Ceanothus, the agaves, gosh everything is amazing. Thanks Kathy!

    Bookmark   April 18, 2011 at 10:21PM
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jak1(4 Ontario Can)


I haven't been feeling well so haven't looked around here much. What a beautiful series of photos to start off my return! Absolutly gorgeous! Well done, Kathy, looks like a dream vacation you had. the lemons blew me away!



    Bookmark   April 19, 2011 at 7:00AM
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flowerluvr(Z5 IN)

Wonderful photos, Kathy! Everything is so different from what I'm used to seeing,it's almost like another planet. Especially with the giant ants-very cool!

    Bookmark   April 19, 2011 at 10:59AM
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Kathy - I live in Santa barbara and was planning on planting Ceonuthus but I have read a few different articles that they attract "swarms" of bees and at certain times during the year you literally cannot walk too close to them. We have dogs and our garden is not so large that we can afford to avoid certain areas of it. Would you please share your experience?

    Bookmark   January 16, 2015 at 9:37AM
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