8/20/2007

Summer repose in the California garden

After work, I went to visit my garden guru in Menlo Park about 30 minutes south of San Francisco. We lingered in her garden for a bit, and then we went to visit the native garden behind the Woodside Library.

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She used to be a chemist like me. We got laid off at the same time. I went back to work, but this is how she spends her days now.

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Coreopsis gigantea. I gave her this plant. This is its normal summer aspect.

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And now the Woodside Library. (Link to a January visit.)

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Dudleya pulverulenta. It's white like a bone, with bony appendages. A common name is Chalk Lettuce.

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Pairing it with Arctostaphylos 'Emerald Carpet' makes a strong combination.

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It's been months without rain. The grasses are dry and the salvias have gone to seed. The tall flower spikes are brown and crispy now. I steal a couple seeds from the jimson weed's thorny seed ball, and I lay down under the redwoods for a few minutes.

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3 comments:

lisa said...

Chalk lettuce?! WAY cool....your friends' garden is nice, too. I sure wish I could afford to have a career like hers! I like the shot up through the redwoods-neat perspective.

Phillip said...

Do you know what the yellow rose is?

I love that last shot looking up into the redwoods!

Dorothy Guyton said...

I am not a friend of the ornamental grasses, but I adore the garden art and the yellow rose; which is a monster for me to grow. I will never have a healthy yellow rose. The pictures are beautiful and I need to install me a hammock. When you have time to relax, read a book that is entertaining and inspirational to gardeners called "Diary of a Wannabe Gardener." Preview it at www.bbotw.com you will be glad you did. Enjoy nature and enjoy life.