Teacup Garden Onions, Lettuce and Kale!

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Teacup Garden

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Chanticleer House Terrace

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Chanticleer House. Grass in pots is growing upside down.

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Water feature with peony blossoms.

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Pool House and Delphinium Garden.

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Pool and Pool House.  Some plants in this composition are Agave, Lavender, Black leaved Elder.

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Apple house.  Just look at the painting!

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Onions and Pennsylvania sedge.

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The Ruins.

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Poppies and Oenothera.

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Poppy field.

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The ruins and its water feature.

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Wall succulent garden.

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Hen and chicks.

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Marble face.

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Vegetable Garden.

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Entry Pavilion.  I love the hanging gardens!

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Inner Peristyle garden.

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Outer Peristyle Garden.

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Satyr.

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What an amazing approach to dealing with a slope!!

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Another great example for sloped sites.  The layering or plant material is fabulous!

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Amphitheater.

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The Greystone Mansion is located in Beverly Hills and it is huge, about 46,000 sq. ft.  Imagine doing spring cleaning in that house!  It belonged to Edward Laurence Doheny who was one of the largest oil producers in the 19th century.  Sadly, Mr. Doheny didn’t get to enjoy the house and the gardens for long.  He was shot after only five months living in the mansion.  Now it is one of the most favorite places for filming movies in Beverly Hills.   and The Gardens of course are amazing!

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The first botanical garden in the US. Check this out.

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First Lady fountain.
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Camelias, deciduous holly and some asters still blooming in December.

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River birches (Betula nigra)

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Composite decking bridge.

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Sitting area.

 

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View from the garden.

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Succulent garden.

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Moss garden.

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Joe-pye weed (Eupatorium purpureum) – Northeast native.

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Black-eyed Susans (Rudbeckia hirta) at the garden of Five senses.
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Vegetable garden.

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Mother earth.

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Raven.

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Globe.

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Stone head.

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Pine cone.

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I couldn’t resist taking a photo of this cat fence.
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Garden tool arbor at the Children’s garden.

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Children’s garden lake.

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Children’s garden maze.

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Children’s garden blooms.

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Birch alley.

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Some sections of the garden left untouched during the construction.

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Haney Hillside garden.

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Haney Hillside garden, all man made.  Only 5 years old.

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Garden of Five senses.

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Pond at the garden of Five senses.
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Coleus collection in the garden of Five senses.


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Bridge to the Slater Forest Pond.

 

 

Luther Burbank was a horticulturist who once said “I shall be content if because of me there shall be better fruits and fairer flowers.”  In the end he did improve hundreds of plants by creating hybrids which were less susceptible to diseases and more productive.  I visited his home and garden in Santa Rosa, CA where he moved after realizing that his native state of Massachusetts was not the greatest place to experiment with plants all year round.

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It’s surprising where you can find a beautiful garden.  Imagine driving on a rural road and pulling over to make a phone call and discovering a garden with thousands of roses.  This is exactly how I found Garden Vally Ranch, a rose nursery with a number of designed gardens.

 

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Bodega Bay, CA

September 5, 2011

Rock gardens are one of my favorite type of gardens.  To create a harmonious rock garden takes vision and learning from nature.  On my trip to Northern California I observed a lot of natural rock formation and plants that grow among them.Different textures and colors of coastal plants.

Plant layering.

Plant groupings

Magical fog effect.

Common Ice Plant (Carpobrotus edulis)

Naked Ladies (Amaryllis belladonna)