The Blake Garden in November
The Blake Garden is only open during regular business hours, so I can only come when I'm not at work.
Happily, I'm off for awhile.
Whenever I have time off work, I ask myself, Can I visit to the Blake Garden?
The answer is always the same.
I can't believe the tree dahlias are already blooming in November.
This event is still two months away in my garden.
And I have the double white, which is rarer. I wish I had this more common one instead.
This herb garden looks very exciting. I want this.
Cyclamen massed in the ground is really sweet. Usually you see it in pots, don't you? They don't grow under redwoods in nature, but that's okay here.
I have a terrible time just sitting down in a garden and enjoying a moment. I have to keep moving! It's always afterwards that I wish I'd sat for a minute.
You've seen the Echium wildprettii in my garden, this is another Echium, Echium piniana. E. wildprettii sends up an inflorescent spire from a basal rosette; E. piniana grows 4-12' high on a trunk, and then sends up an inflorescent spire.
Eriogonum arborescens in late summer dormancy... I'm like this plant's patron saint.
I love it.
And this is E. giganteum, next to the green manzanita.
Another place to sit and rest that I didn't take advantage of.
I think the Maytens tree is an interesting mixture of comfort and menace; comforting green leaves rustling in the breezes, swaying on casually weeping stems, menacingly contorted dark wood threatening to poke and grab.
The grasses capture the light and the wind.
Pardon my Piet Oudolf moment.
I like a trellis with many layers like this.
Probably triples the construction cost.
I just think it looks better than a single layer.
If I'd sat down here, I would have stayed until the sun went down contemplating the life of this tree.
Unless it serves as a barrier, I think people plant this Puya at their peril.
It has this flower once in awhile. But if it was my garden, I'd rip it all out.
The manzanita trunk draws the eye from 100 feet away.
On the other side, looking back to where I just was.
This is a classic combination of the California chaparral.
That gray Salvia is dead above ground, and bone dry. The oily resins in manzanita wood burn hot. In California, plant this combination at the back of your property, or better yet, just appreciate it in parks and public gardens. This would certainly be an unwise foundation planting in many situations.
Sure is pretty tho'.
I was just here a few months ago.