We couldn’t resist pulling over to see what’s up with these rusty sculptures. Turns out it’s the Gualala Nursery found on Hwy 1 right about where Sonoma County ends and Mendocino County begins heading north.
Definitely seem like the go to place nursery for this area of 1900 people. Great ornamental plants inside, lots of eye turning rusty sculptures, and a long garden strip in the front. That’s where this gem of a flower was found. Leucospermum? Or is it a Leucadendron…hum? I get them a little mixed up. Anybody have. Better ID?
This planting was gorgeous, Clematis tangutica. The common name is even better, Old Man’s Beard Clematis. It blooms mid summer though Autumn, part to full sun, and average water needs. Cute yellow bell shaped flowers with little scent to speak of.
I was impressed how well they used their limited space. Lots of varieties, all well kept, not a dud in sight.
We had a little fun with the hipstamatic and tried to capture their 50 foot long hedge pruned into the words Gualala Nursery. Ok, it’s not really that smiley face shape…sometimes auto stitching does some weird things to the pics.
Besides the plants, it was the dozen larger than life rusty dinosaurs that grabbed our attention. I’m a sucker for anything with a great patina. This triceratops was no exception.
Never figured out who the artist was behind these guys. None the less, adorable aren’t they?
— Far Out Flora