A visit to the Mendocino County Coast..Part 1

dodgerdudetteOctober 10, 2009

I hope you all enjoy this virtual visit with me.

My base of operations,the Agate Cove Inn.

The next few pics are all from the Mendo Coast Botanical Gardens, a great destination for IU7

Loved this combo

Driftwood is often a feature on the north coast

The fabulous heather garden

One of the volunteers

I had a Mary moment here !

Gaudy Dahlias

A scene from the village of Mendocino

The Pacific

Kathy in Napa

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prairiemoon2 z6 MA

Kathy, the view in photo #1 is so gorgeous! You did a good job trying to capture it but I have a feeling a photo just couldn't do it justice. Was it breezy there and is the ocean smell strong? Photo #4 --Verbena? Are those water pitchers in the pond? I really love that combo with the angelina sedum too. What is with it, Cimicifuga? Driftwood is one of my favorite garden additions. I wonder why you get so much of it there on the west coast? Very pretty moss. Not a variety I think I've seen before. Love the color of that chair. Orange Dahlias are huge! Your last two photos are very well done. Very interesting compositions. I hope you feel refreshed! I'm glad you are enjoying your camera and it's wonderful to have so many photos to preserve the memory of such a special trip. I can imagine you looking at them many times this winter. :-)

    Bookmark   October 11, 2009 at 5:37AM
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saucydog(z5MA)

Oh I can't wait, I can't wait, I can't wait!

Beautiful Kathy! Secret Idyll Missions could keep you busy all winter long :)

Maybe I could fly out and help a little?

Saucy

    Bookmark   October 11, 2009 at 8:07AM
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deanneart(z5Southern NH)

Wow,, wow, wow!!!! gorgeous images of one of our 2010 destinations. Can't wait. Thanks for taking the time to take these pics and sharing them with us. Wonderful pics.

Deanne

    Bookmark   October 11, 2009 at 8:15AM
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anitamo(5)

Thank you for bringing these beautiful images to us. You are gifted in your photo taking ability. What I wouldn't do for a daily view like the first picture. It looks like you're having a Fabu! time.

    Bookmark   October 11, 2009 at 10:12AM
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chelone

Unhuh! I'm not takin' the bait, thanks.

Doesn't exist, I know damn right well, you took those shots somewhere south of me and you simply reversed the "negatives".

    Bookmark   October 11, 2009 at 12:23PM
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michelle_zone4

It looks like a fabulous place to relax and unwind. The first picture is gorgeous and the botanical garden has some great combos.

    Bookmark   October 11, 2009 at 3:24PM
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triple_creek(z5)

Beautiful Kathy. I can't decide if that is a plant or a sculpture in photo #3. Can't quite read the sign.
The pitchers in the water feature seem to be singing. Perhaps inviting the idylls to "come on over".
LOL at the lime green chair reminding you of Mary.
In the village scene there is a corncrib looking structure. Is that what it was used for? Perhaps drying of something else.

Norma

    Bookmark   October 11, 2009 at 3:34PM
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dodgerdudette

Thanks everyone- Norma , that is in fact a sculpture in the 3rd pic.The structure you are looking at is actually a water tower..there are many in the village. This was the source for fresh water in the early days- I imagine they captured rain water in winter and brought it in from fresh water sources inland.

lol Saucy, c'mon over ! I'll drive and you can charm the garden owners with your pleasant southern drawl...

Kathy in Napa

    Bookmark   October 11, 2009 at 4:15PM
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cyn427 (zone 7)

It's all been said...just spectacular. Loved the pictures on the Idyll post, too!

Cyn

    Bookmark   October 11, 2009 at 5:24PM
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veronicastrum(z5 IL)

Ditto what Cyn just said! Looking forward to IU7! Thanks for the scouting trip, Kathy.

V.

    Bookmark   October 11, 2009 at 7:47PM
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dodgerdudette

I failed to answer a couple of the questions posted here, and will do so nowÂ

PM, that is Anthriscus ÂRavenswingÂ, one sees very little Cimicifuga here Âtoo dry in the summer I think. There was no wind during my weekend , this is why fall is a great time to travel to the coast, less fog, no wind. The characteristic Âleaning of the Cypress trees are a result of those winds which are very strong in winter an early spring.
Kathy in Napa

    Bookmark   October 12, 2009 at 9:10PM
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gardenbug(Canada zone 5)

I am one of those who must remove vast quantities of Anthriscus ÂRavenswing which spreads uncontrollably here.

I believe photo #4 is a form of Angelica, not verbena.

I enjoyed the friendly volunteer, and yes, I too thought of Mary. LOL.

    Bookmark   October 12, 2009 at 9:57PM
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dodgerdudette

Yes 'bug, that is Angelica in #4...there were a couple of grouping featuring this in the gardens.

    Bookmark   October 12, 2009 at 10:32PM
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chloehoover(z6b VA)

Woohoo! You are the best scout, Kathy!!! Photo ops and all -- we can look at these all winter and be overcome with anticipation....

I definitely vote this must be on the itinerary!!

-cindy

    Bookmark   October 13, 2009 at 1:43PM
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prairiemoon2 z6 MA

Thanks for the ID on the Angelica, Marie and Kathy.

Kathy, I am wondering what that purple plant is that is at the base of the windmill in the photo of Mendocino village?

    Bookmark   October 15, 2009 at 6:36AM
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dodgerdudette

PM, that is a Tibouchina. They are somewhat common in that area..

K

    Bookmark   October 15, 2009 at 9:50AM
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