Far Out Flora

Whale of a Story

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Grass is Greener.

Grass is Greener.

There’s a guy up in Westport, CA who’s on a mission to build a giant whale in his front yard. While up in Mendocino last month, we journeyed 25 miles further north on Hwy 1 to see how his progress is coming along.

Westport Whale.

Westport Whale.

Local artist, Carlos Amigos (aka Kyle Siler), is the man behind this cool project. This roadside attraction measures somewhere in the neighborhood of 50 feet long, 10 feet high. Seems to be more of a rebar and mesh sculpture at the moment, but believe he’s gonna be coated with fiberglass in the end. Check out his blog on more of the story.

Echeveria imbricata

Echeveria imbricata

While there, it wouldn’t be right if we didn’t stroll around to check out some of the gardens in the hood. Love these Echeveria imbricara. They grow into there tight concentric patches that are mesmerizing to the eye.

Neighbor's place.

Neighbor's place.

This garden is chock full of color and texture. If you take a closer look, just up to the right, you can see the afternoon fog rolling in. Even though summers are dry here, that fog drip helps keep our coastal plants hydrated.

Westort Whale.

Westort Whale.

So I was convinced that a lot of progress has been made on this whale project. Looking back to last Thanksgiving when we originally saw this beast…it looks about the same as before, lol. Still an impressive sight nonetheless and worth checking out if you’re anywhere near this small town of 200.

We can’t wait for out next trek north. Any suggestions for other offbeat objects or gardens we need to go see?

– Far Out Flora

6 Comments

  1. man i’d love a lawn of echeverias.

  2. I love it. But wouldn’t it be cool if he somehow filled it with a soil mixture and plugged low succulents (like the echeverias) into the mesh? A succulent whale!

  3. you should have accidentally plucked some of those echeveria! they fit nicely in your pockets… :)

  4. Years later the whale is still not complete but I’m making progress!! Hopefully this year! so fun to find your blog!

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