A Few More Photos From the Nichols Garden

A few more photos from that marvelous garden in yesterday's post.  Can you blame me?
Tillandsias tucked into the crevices of a Phoenix canariensis:
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Rounded shrubs contrasting with spiky clumps:
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Bromeliads in a pipe.  Jeeze-Loueeze, even the shadows look great:
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Hard metal, soft foliage:
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Agave attenuata and Aloe polyphylla in a sea of non-weed bronze Oxalis:
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Entrance way plants, both draping and shooting skyward:
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Yellow Leucospermum flower there behind the light:
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Kalanchloe beharensis in a sea of yellow:
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Another of those little touches of plant love, a Tillandsia tied to the gate, which was crafted of rusty rebar arcs:
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Exotic vine (I think...) Fuchsia boliviensis 'Alba' (Thanks, Max!)
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The plants that screened the stairway garden from the adjacent property was a mix of hedge and trees trimmed almost into a trellis, upon which other plants could climb, or be attached to.  There was something interesting going on absolutely everywhere. 
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One of the pools by the stairway:
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Succulent bowl with two different types of Echeveria:
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Happy happy Cannas, a clump on either side of the path up the terraces to the weeping Sequoia arches.  Update:  the Fling website said "Sequoia", but--Sequoias have needles, and the arches did not.  I'll look into what that conifer could be.
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On a grey cold day, these colors would warm up anyone.
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The rusty metal agreed so nicely with the warm colored foliage and flowers.
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Cool dahlia!
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White and white...
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By no means a large garden, yet you can see from the photos how much amazing stuff there was to look at, packed into a small space that didn't feel crowded.
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An 'Icee Blue' Podocarpus with a 'Forest Pansy' Redbud by one corner of the home.
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And that Tillandsia-adorned palm again.
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Agave bracteosa at the center:
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More and more and more!
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Okay, I'm done, I'm done.



  1. Thanks for more images of this exceptional garden; I can't get enough! Such a beautiful place! Does canna foliage remain intact in warm winter climates like yours? I kept trying to envision the view of the back garden sans cannas in winter and just realized that they probably persist year round.

    1. I don't grow them so can't say for sure, but from looking around the neighborhood here, I think a good part of the foliage dies, leaving a smaller, somewhat ratty plant for a few months. Probably a bit rattier in the Bay area, it being slightly colder.

  2. Oh, I loved this second post! I was kind of worried that I was obsessing about this garden, but I see I'm not alone. I love that shot of the Heleniums with the Alstroemeria. And the Cannas!

    1. I felt the same way! So much to learn from this garden to try to apply to my own.

  3. My garden wants to look like that when it grows up. I think the "exotic vine" is one of my very favorite fuchsias, Fuchsia boliviana 'Alba', They get very tall and gangly, hence the vine-like appearance.
    Max P.

    1. My garden wants to look like that too. It's the gardener that's the holdup. Thanks very much for the ID of the Fuchsia, but darn it, now I want one, too! Grrrr! ;^)

  4. This garden is so beautiful, thank you for sharing all of these images of this vast array of plants, flowers and colours, a feast for the senses...I can almost hear the water bubbling in those ponds.
    xoxoxo ♡

    1. Happy you enjoyed it, Dianne! Thank you.

  5. BEAUTIFUL!!! I looove that Tillandsia-adorned palm!

    1. Me, too. It made me want a palm so I could adorn it.


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