Beautiful California Garden #2

Above:  the maintenance crew? 
Created by a talented professional designer who is also a plant lover, using design talent + training + experience + plant love = an awesome garden!
The Mary Lou Heard Tour features all sorts of gardens.  This was one of the best.
I won't comment much, the skill is evident, the design sophisticated, the plants choice and varied, so...enjoy!
Stone and pavers providing texture, not just plants. 


Many paths, all different.


Above, an unintentional self-portrait--do you see it? 





Somehow a propagation nursery fits into the small space.






Awesome!


No wasted space--potted succulent plants growing on a roof.





 
This garden is what my garden wants to be!

Comments

  1. Your frame your photos so well! I was going through my own this evening and will probably get out my own post on Dustin's wonderful garden later this week.

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    1. Beautiful garden = beautiful photos! Looking forward to your post.

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  2. Beautiful garden Hoover Boo.
    Have a wonderful day.

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    1. Thank you, Marijke. The same to you!

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  3. THANK YOU! This made my morning so much brighter. I appreciate your way of seeing Dustin's garden and I am thrilled at the shear number of photos you've posted. Plus now I see there's a post from Kris is the works too. I hope to be able to visit the next time I'm down your way. Fingers crossed.

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    1. Brighter morning? Raining again?!? I hope you get to visit this beautiful garden. It's worth the trip!

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  4. Beautiful, and with just the right amount of accessories too. Garden designer indeed.

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  5. That soft sage green on the house is a lovely foil for a vibrant garden.
    My blue grass is looking sad, I wonder if it needs more water?
    Love the effect of a deep red leaved shrub. Waiting for my Prunus nigra to leaf out again.

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    1. Yes, isn't that red foliage striking? It might be a Cotinus coggygria 'Royal Purple' or similar. The blue grass in a pot is actually a Hesperaloe! I think it might be H. tenuifolia. It looks like grass, doesn't it? Fooled me.

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    2. Or Euphorbia cotinifolia.

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  6. So much to love...it would be folly to try to single out favorites.

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    1. I'm a little partial to the huge pot containing the variegated rubber plant with all the succulents spilling down...but, yeah!

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  7. A terracotta army ... of gnomes!

    Every inch of space is working in that garden; most impressive.

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    1. Very impressive! Not quite like the army of plastic Santa Clauses in Portland, but no where can be Portland except Portland. :)

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  8. Beautiful! I was sorry to miss the open garden tour... I'll have to make time next year for Saturday. Your pictures look like inspiration overload!

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    1. It was a lot of fun. I hope you get a chance to attend!

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  9. The pale-barked tree ("tree"?) with Spanish moss: is it a live tree (and if so what)? or a skillfully used no-longer-alive tree (and if so was it painted)? or an incredibly realistic artificial tree? Any of the three seems possible...

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    1. The tree was a Casimiroa edulis (white sapote), a tropical fruit that made quite a mess and so was terminated, then painted a very pale yellow.

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    2. Thanks! Something like a pawpaw (but apparently from a whole different family). On reading more about the sapote I can see what inspired Gimbel to grow it. But it would take serious time and commitment to harvest the fruit and get it immediately to eaters -- a lot easier at the center of a village commons than in a small city yard.

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    3. Dustin said the fruit was heavy and rich,sweet but oily like an avocado, and that one fruit once a year, was plenty. I think the tree was there when he bought the property.

      https://www.crfg.org/pubs/ff/whitesapote.html

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    4. :: the tree was there when he bought the property. ::

      Realize now, looking again at the scale of the trunk in the pictures, that it pretty much had to be. Gimbel's good at making lemonade from lemons, a great talent for a garden designer to have.

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  10. There is so much to see I would have to walk around and around the garden to make sure I hadn't missed something. What a feast for the eyes. I adore the fence with the window onto another garden. All those things to draw the eye forward. Who would have thought that gnomes could look so at home. the fig ivy clad water feature, and what are those things hanging from the tree? Such a fun garden.

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    1. Yes, so well designed. There was something interesting at every step and from every angle.

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  11. I love that we have three great bloggers covering this garden, each with their own perspectives. The attention to detail in selecting and placing both the plants and non-living materials is superb.

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    1. "The attention to detail in selecting and placing both the plants and non-living materials is superb"

      You said it better than I could! :)

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    2. So glad you were able to visit and provide a wealth of photos. We must do it again!

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  12. Wow, this looks like a very special garden. Your photos also make it look huge. Do you know how big it is?

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    1. Very special indeed. It's a bit larger than average, but not huge, just well designed! The house is smaller leaving more room for the important part (the garden). Lot is ~8700 sq ft.

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