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More Mendocino Flower Madness


Brugmansia love

If my last post about the bloomiferous Mendocino Gardens didn’t make you want to jump in the car and go, this post is should do it. It’s just pictures of the amazing gardens in town. I’m obsessed with Brugmansia sanguinea, and may have squealed when I saw this one covered in blooms. We’ve got a baby who’s about four feet tall in the garden. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it looks this good when it’s all grown up.

Alan, Roxy & Scooter's Garden

According to the posted piece of paper about the garden there are over fifty varieties going on here and the peak time to check it out is mid-to-late May. I keep having to remind myself that we should be able to grow all the same plants out here next to Ocean Beach. Same wind, salt, and fog.

Pelargonium lust

I want this Pelargonium. Does anyone know what it is? It kind of looks like ‘Lord Bute’ gone all ruffly.

Cottage garden explosion

You pretty much walk twenty feet in any direction in the town of Mendocino and there are flowers in all shapes and sizes going crazy. It’s seriously garden heaven.


Echium forest

We definitely need to plan a trip up here in spring when the mega-Echiums all over town are going off, but these fading guys were still pretty sweet.

Foxy Phygelius

Lychnis something

Not sure what this is exactly, but love the deep pinky red going on with the grey green stems.

Cute windowbox

Mendocino Garden Shop

We couldn’t resist stopping at the Mendocino Garden Shop on our way out of town. You can see it from the Mendocino exit to town on the way in and out. The display gardens were going nuts.

Mendocino Garden Shop

Check out the Verbascum bombyciferum ‘Arctic Summer‘ on the right looking cool. Penstemons were blooming en masse pretty much everywhere. I went a little picture crazy, but there are way more pics of the flowery town o’ Mendocino on flickr.

p.s. We’re still in the process of getting our crap where it needs to go after the move seven steps east to the way nicer apartment overlooking our garden. Pics of the new houseplant set up, our new bamboo floors and views of the garden from above will be coming soon. There’s also going to be an open one bedroom if you’ve ever wanted to live next to Ocean Beach & Golden Gate Park.



  1. looks intense, looks like a lot of thinking going on.

  2. Love the brugmansia. I saw one at the Ruth Bancroft garden once, but it was nothing as magnificent as this specimen. Gorgeous!

  3. Really stunning! I want that double red Lychnis desperately – I have never seen one like that!

  4. is it me or is that second picture messing with me.

  5. What a beautiful flower garden. I like the most the Pelargonium lust.

    Cassy from Guitar Made Easy

  6. Whoah! Nice Brugmansia specimen. Mine is just struggling to survive so I doubt I will ever get it to look like that.

    • Oh no! I don’t think they like heat. How hot is it in your parts? I just noticed tonight that ours is getting so big it’s almost floppy.

  7. I just took a trip to Mendocino over the weekend and was very impressed with Alan, Roxy & Scooter’s Garden as well! I didn’t see the little sign, so it’s nice to find out a bit of history. The whole town was blooming, and I got to taste a few of the earliest ripe blackberries.

  8. Love all the color. Alan, Roxy and Scooters Garden looks pretty wild.

  9. in my town i’m the lonely gardener. to have a town of gardeners…

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