We spent a morning checking out the fabulous Mendocino Botanical Gardens. This was our first summertime visit, and it rocked! Any garden that uses Viola nigra ‘Bowles Black’ as a groundcover is awesome in my book. I went a little crazy in the picture taking department.
I freaked out when I saw Globularia ‘Blue Eyes’ in bloom for the first time. It’s just as cute as I expected it to be in real life. It’s a funky little Canary Island native I want.
Wholly gigantic patch of Angelica stricta ‘Purpurea’! Annie brought seed for this guy back to the nursery from Mendocino Gardens.
The Dahlia garden was in full freak out mode. There was a Dahlia ‘Siclor Procyon’ almost as big as Matti’s head. I bet the Dahlia Garden next to the Conservatory of Flowers is looking good right now, too.
I had no idea what this flower was until a kindly flickrer helped me out. It’s adorable! Are you noticing a purple theme? This was not intentional.
Rhodochiton atrosanguineum rocks! We’ve got this funky “bell” shaped vine growing in our garden and love it. We picked it up in the nursery here last time we were here back in November.
After a little googling around it looks like this pretty blue flower is kind of prolific (weedy bordering on invasive). That’s too bad.
A post about Mendocino Botanical Gardens is not complete without a couple of Fuchsia pics. They have a great collection. I saved succulents for Matti, but you can check out all 126 of our pics are on flickr here.