I had business in the East Bay today and I used the opportunity to visit the UC Botanical Garden in Berkeley. It was exceptionally beautiful.
All of the above was all just the entry garden. I often feel like I should make my own garden more like the entry gardens here, or at Strybing. They're two of the finest ornamental gardens I've ever seen. And I could have this in my yard too--it would not be hard and it wouldn't take long. Instead, I've gone my own way. We all go our own way.
Now let's go see the rest of the garden.
Anemopsis californica. I've had this plant in my garden for years but it's never flowered because it's growing in too much shade. If I move it to sun, then it needs water. It occurs to me that I should put it by the bird bath. Most every day I slosh out the dirty bird bath water and refill it. I could be, ahem, killing two birds with one stone.
It was a thrill to see Araucaria araucana with cones. I've never seen them before.
The Victorians were fascinated by this tree and grew it widely. Tort damages arising from the dangerous, dropping cones put an end to that. Today this tree is planted more cautiously, and much more rarely.