On Christmas Eve we cruised down Highway One to Big Sur for the day. We love the Big Sur Spirit Garden. One of the first blog posts I ever wrote was about this sweet place. It’s a definite must-stop for the succulents alone. Rumor has it the owner has an amazing private garden, too.
Big Sur Spirit Garden
The leucadendrons are starting to go into their crazy bloom action. Love the Opuntia poking through.
Big Sur Spirit Garden
I’m a wee bit embarrassed to say I’m not sure which mega-cactus this is. Help!
Aloe speciosa maybe?
We always stop at Cafe Kevah at Nepenthe for lunch on the patio. Love their gardens, too.
Euphorbia 'Ascot Rainbow' Nepenthe
Grevillea at Nepenthe
Gratuitous pics of CA natives, turquoise seas, amazing beaches & mountains coming soon.
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.
Gualala Nursery & Trading Co.
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?
Clematis tangutica (Old man's beard clematis)
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.
Hipsta Gualala Nursery.
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.
Rusty Tyrannosaurus rex.
Never figured out who the artist was behind these guys. None the less, adorable aren’t they?
A little bit ago I blogged about the crazy Australian plants at UC-Santa Cruz’s Arboretum. Now it’s time for the South Africa section. This guy above is a super crazy rare. According to tests, they only have a 4-5% germination rate. Check out plantzafrica.com for more info, and Annie’s if you want to put one on your wishlist. They sound pretty easy to grow if you live in sandy soil land.
The Proteas were doing their thing. I love Protea nitida’s Afrikaans common name waboom. The wood was used for the break blocks and wheel rims for wagons back in the day. Makes sense. There’s more cool info at always awesome plantzafrica.com.
Protea neriifolia 'Rose Mink'
I’m confused. When I googled Protea neriifolia ‘Rose Mink’ a bunch of results for Protea laurifolia ‘Rose Mink’ popped up that look kind of the same. Annie’s has a Protea neriifolia that looks a lot like the above flower too. I did a little reading about the two species, and it all comes down to the leaves. Here’s what plantzafrica.com has to say about the confusion, “They can be told apart by their foliage: P. laurifolia leaves are elliptic (broader in the middle) and have heavily thickened, horny margins and a grey bloom that can be rubbed off, whereas those of P. neriifolia are dark to bright green and narrowly oblong with margins that are parallel for most of their length, and are not heavily thickened and don’t have a greyish bloom.”
I have an unnatural obsession with this furry creature from the Rhamnaceae family. Ever since I saw it at Strybing last September I’ve been in love. My little furball came home with me from Annie’s a few weeks ago (I call it precious).
Leucadendron salignum x laureolum 'Rising Sun'
Leucadendron 'Inca Gold'
There were mass quantities of awesome Leucadendrons doing their thing all over the place. You can check out all of our South African pics here. Happy Sunday!
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