4/2/08

Spring in the garden of my guru

I visited my friend slash garden guru Emma today and we visited some local public gardens together.

But first, I want to show you what spring looks like in her colorful, sun-drenched, California garden.

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Ceanothus +

Freesia + Erigeron

Jasminum polyanthum

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Berberis nevinii + Anigozanthos

Anigozanthos

Berberis nevinii

Salvia spathacea, Eschscholzia californica

Cotinus + Eschscholzia

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Ribes malvaceum

"A mast year for oaks in California," she said. Sure enough. Quercus agrifolia, coming up all over the place.

Quercus agrifolia

Pomegranate

Helianthemum nummularium

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Nassella pulchra

Heuchera

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Cotoneaster

She's been working this wisteria for fifteen years, trying to get it tree-like. It's getting there!

Wisteria

Raspberries.

Raspberry

Coreopsis gigantea

I gave her this Coreopsis gigantea, grown from seed collected on Santa Cruz Island during a 2005 expedition by horticulturists from the San Francisco Botanical Garden. These are its first flowers.

Coreopsis gigantea

7 comments:

Frances, said...

Guru Emma has a magical touch in her garden. What is that grass with the longish flowers? And such tenacity with the wisteria, it looks perfect. Good job with those coreosis, you are a mster of seed germination. Her garden looks like one that would be a soothing yet colorful retreat away from the harshness of the world. Lovely.
Frances

Christopher C. NC said...

I think your garden guru and my resident gardeners would get along just fine. They have very similar styles.

Phillip said...

Just amazing - it looks like mid-summer there!

Blackswamp_Girl said...

Wow. WOW. Wish I had a guru with a gorgeous garden like that from whom to learn.

What is that cool fuzzy red flower? (I'm thinking it might be that "kangaroo plant" thingy from Australia, but my brain is fried right at the moment.)

chuck b. said...

You're right Kim, Kangaroo Paw, or Anigozanthos. Well, something like that. I think that's spelled correctly.

lisa said...

Definately looks like mid-summer...just beautiful!

JvA said...

Went to a neighbor's house last night for ladies' movie night. The host picked "Death at a Funeral," which prominently featured wisteria that looked just like that. Pretty!