Back in early September I received an email titled “Succulent Rescue in Healdsburg.” Glad I opened it. I had been invited to drive up to Healdsburg to join a few others in digging up all the cactus and succulents I could take on an estate that was home to a beautiful, mature garden. I was told to bring sunscreen, water, gloves and shovels. The heat was a blistering 94 degrees, but I dug for hours! The fruits of my labor are rooting now and I’m working hard to make space in my garden for them. You’ll definitely be seeing pictures of them in the coming years.
Here are some photos from a recent trip to the Huntington Library Gardens. More to come!
In August, I was invited for a weekend to a relative’s home in Bixby Creek. Their beautiful mid-century style home was set exactly one mile back in Bixby Canyon from where the creek meets the sea. It was a rare opportunity to spend time enjoying a very difficult-to-access beach and to appreciate the native flora on our beautiful coast.
This year (back in July) The Garden Conservancy’s Open Days Program gave us an excellent opportunity to peer into a few gardens that we would not normally get to see or ever even know about.
I fell immediately in love with the location and architecture of this place, up on a hill, in Lafayette. This Spanish-modern hybrid house was built in the 1890s and surrounded by a beautifully landscaped garden, loaded with succulents.
I think this crowded beauty is Aloe conifera. (But then again, I just can’t tell.) I bought it at a Ruth Bancroft Garden plant sale. It used to have a very complementary Euphorbia tirucalli next to it, but I always lose that particular species of Euphorbia when it gets cold. Maybe I’ll get more and try again. Or maybe I’ll never allow it in the garden again. Maybe I’ll have some breakfast now.
Some recent semps, jovibarba, orostachys, etc for you. I need to get on the ball and photograph more of them. They’re all starting to get big and fat and turn colors.