My friend Luisa, who blogs at Crow and Raven, is one of those people you click with right away. Talk to her for an hour, and it feels like you've known her all your life. She's as easy-going and generous a soul as you're ever going to meet. And if you're lucky, you get to visit her garden at the base of the San Bernardino Mountains.
But Luisa's garden doesn't consist of stuff growing in the ground. No, virtually every plant she owns is in a pot. And all her pots are in her small backyard, arranged on a retaining wall, on tables, or on the ground. I don't know how many individual containers Luisa has, but there are many. MANY.
Lest you think this results in clutter, rest in peace. It's actually quite the opposite. It's like walking into a store selling rare books. You don't know what you're going to find, but you know that it'll be an exciting journey of discovery.
The photos I took during my recent visit are proof of what I'm talking about it. Take a look at this wide shot and tell me that you're not curious to see what all there is?
It's your lucky day, because I have many more images to show you.
I'll keep my commentary to a minimum because the images truly speak for themselves.
|You'll see that pallet against the wall a few more times. I think it's an ingenious idea. My eyes kept going back to it.|
|Check out the manzanita branch resting on top of the pallet. A nice touch.|
|The cactus is Opuntia sulphurea.|
|Here are two of Luisa's three dogs. I was amazed at how adept they are at avoiding the potted plants as they run up and down the backyard.|
|This is the Ferocactus Luisa had dug up for her at Granite Hill Gardens Nursery at Jurupa Mountain Discovery Center|
|Standing at the far end of the backyard looking towards the covered patio|
|Agave guiengola 'Crème Brûlée'|
|Variegated Agave shawii|
|LEFT: Agave victoria-reginae in what looks like a metal ice cream container (Luisa loves to go treasure hunting at salvage stores). RIGHT: Echinofossulocactus in Mike Cone pot|
|Opuntia robusta and Agave murpheyi 'Engard'|
|More treasures Luisa found at a local salvage yard|
|And the treasures keep on coming|
|Ferocactus pilosus, maybe?|
|Cardon (Pachycereus pringlei) in the front, saguaro (Carnegiea gigantea) in the back|
|One last photo of Luisa's magnificent collection|
Before I headed to Palm Springs (about an hour away) to meet up with my friends from Portland, Luisa took me on a drive through the Crafton Hills to see the hillsides covered with California poppies. What a fantastic vista, especially against the snow-covered mountains in the background!
Index: Trip to Palm Springs, March 2017