The godhead of California native plant nurseries in the Bay Area is a mile down this dirt road off Skyline Road in Woodside.
The drive is actually more beautiful than that picture indicates. It's more like this.
It's always very festive here.
In December, they have Christmas tea lunches. And they have farmhouse teas throughout the rest of the year.
Anyhow, it's a nice place to visit, and especially nice to visit today--the day after the first real fall rain of 2007.
And, of course, tons of plants.
Did you know the tallest tree species in the world is endemic to the Pacific coast, from mid-way up California to southern Oregon? This is it in a 1-gallon pot. Sequoia sempervirens, the Coast Redwood.
(Not to brag, but California also claims the world's most massive trees, and the world's oldest trees--Sequoiadendron giganteum and Pinus longaeva, respectively.)
Anyhow, I didn't come here to buy a big tree.
I came for Monardella macrantha, and I'm taking five of them. I'll donate one or two to the San Francisco Botanical Garden so we can try to propagate it there for plant sales, and I'll keep the others for myself.
No indication whether this is the one cultivar 'Marion Sampson', or if it's the species, or whether these were propagated from seed or vegetatively from one plant. The woman working the store today didn't know, and the nursery manager is away on vacation for another week. Maybe I'll call back to ask. I'd like to at least try growing this plant from seed. Other species of Monardella are very easy in cultivation, but this one is not. Which is too bad. Because it smells great and the flowers are relatively unusual.