I love old cemeteries. I've never seen one with plantings like that.My favorite imges from this set are the tomb with the grey shrubby plants in front, the low shot of the Tribou headstone with blue sky behind and what look like California poppy in front, Bakhsh with Canna, and the Brophy lambs.
My sister adopted one of the plots there a few years ago. It was a civil war veterans grave and I helped her with the planting. Thats one of the neat things about that cemetery, they allow people to adopt one or more plots. You are then required to maintain it. That cemetery is so full of old California history you can spend the whole day exploring it.
I intended for us to investigate the cemetery garden area by garden area with an eye toward history, but that plan fell by the wayside immediately. We kept kept zig-zagging east and west, back and forth, across the whole place drawn by paths and colors that caught the eye, often repeating areas we'd seen without realizing it because they looked different from a different perspective. It was fabulous and overwhelming and I probably only saw 50% of it. I'll try to get back up there later in the summer. If I lived in Sacramento, I'd totally volunteer there.
Great photos, Chuck! Bravo!
I think my favorite planting is the canna with opuntia, because it strikes me as a very original, inspired combination. If I had Opuntia, and I might just get one, I would totally prune and sculpt it. You could extract some really fantastic forms from that plant.
I've never seen such a beautiful, horticulturally diverse cemetary! I didn't see a single lame fake flower anywhere!
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