For the past year I’ve been working on a really wonderful project. It’s a beautiful spot right on a cliff above the ocean. The weather is pretty extreme, so plant selection has been tricky, to say the least! I’m doing a fairly good job at taking lots of pictures, which is not always my strong point. Here’s just a little taste…
Just after planting(with some rare sun!):
6 months After:
More on this project in the future!
Ok. Two posts in a row about succulents, I know, but I’m having a lot of fun with them! The place I go to buy them is called Succulent Gardens and the owner, Robin, has been doing this for more than 30 years. He is, as we say, an expert. I had to buy some plants for a very windy site and of course Aeonium was on the list. They’re weird, cool and beautiful- not to mention really tough. There are so many different ones! Here’s what Robin has done with them in a display garden. I call it the Aeonium Bank.
Click on ’em, click on ’em, click on ’em! They look oh so much better BIG. Isn’t this AMAZING??
They also have many greenhouses and one of them had carpets of sweet babies. See?
If you feel like driving along the coast to Moss Landing, you can go east at the twin smokestacks of the power plant and in five more minutes, you’ll be in heaven. Oh, and afterward you can have a super yummy lunch at Haute Enchilada. (NOT “The Whole Enchilada” that you can see from the highway- confusing, I know)
A while ago (I’m embarrassed at how long) I posted that I was going to do something with all the old, sad and neglected succulents lying about in pots. Well, I finally did it!
First I planted a large urn by my front door with a mixture of plants and mulched with rocks that are similar in color to the plants:
…aaand a close up…
The last part of the project was me potting up some little pots of separate plants. I can’t wait ’til they grow in!
Succulent potted succulents
This container was planted by me about 4 years ago and still looks great. This was a corporate client and this was one of four large containers planted to decorate their outdoor break area. These pots need tending to about once a month at the most. There really is such a thing as low (but not “no”) maintenance!
Fountain under the Acacia
Originally, when these clients looked out the glass doors of their lovely living room they saw an aged lawn, the trunk and lower branches of a sickly ornamental pear tree, and a picket fence against a very tall, very white wall of their neighbor’s house. Not so pleasing. They probably kept the blinds closed most of the time!
So, they wanted something nice to gaze upon, and thought they might like a fountain, and this is what I gave them. This picture was taken about a year after the garden was planted and it has all matured nicely together. I planted a bamboo hedge up to the fountain, and not very visible in this image is a clump of Papyrus directly behind it. The Acacia baileyana ‘Purpurea’ on the left side of the fountain is filling in quickly, as they do, and is on it’s way to shielding the offending white wall. Around the sides there are Chondropetalum tectorum (Cape Rush) and Iris, and to finish it off, clumps of Sempervivens right in the front. The only part I’m not totally pleased with is that the water plants aren’t doing what I want them to. Yet.
This is one of my most favorite jobs I’ve done so far. (top 3!) Not in small part because the clients were so great to work with, but also because I was able to completely wipe the slate clean and be as creative as I wanted to be!
Cutest Thing Ever!
Last week I drove down the coast to see my friend Robin at Succulent Gardens in Moss Landing. He has a wonderland of all things succulent-y. Acres of the most beautiful, varied and healthy plants imaginable. I filled my truck up with plants for a garden I just planted in Montara that is right on the ocean. The thing I wanted for myself, though, was NOT FOR SALE yet! It was a prototype for a product that they will be selling soon. This little gem was about 5in. by 12in. on the outside, so the planted area was aprx. 2.5″ x 9.5″. Tiny!!! …and cute. Oh my god.