2020 in review: April—June
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Continuing the year in review...
|Vriesea fosteriana 'Red Chestnut'|
|These nasturtiums are descendants of the original plants that were here when we bought the house 20+ years ago. They reseed freely, wherever they want, and I usually let them have their way.|
|Mexican bush sage (Salvia leucantha), 'Meerlo' lavender (Lavandula allardii 'Meerlo'), Agave gentryi 'Jaws' and Yucca linearifolia|
|Flowering claret cup cactus (Echinocereus sp.) in renovated bowl|
|Grevillea 'Kings Fire'|
|Agave ovatifolia and Alyogyne 'Ruth Bancroft'|
|Aloe cameronii in a bed of Echeveria elegans|
|Beschorneria yuccoides 'Flamingo Glow', Aloe marlothii, Todaroa montana, and many others|
In May, I visited the Berkeley Hills garden of landscape designer Mat McGrath of Farallon Gardens. Like me, Mat is an enthusiastic plant guy, and it required quite a bit of effort to maintain the proper social distance as we walked through his garden—one of many learning moments in an exceedingly odd spring.
|Puya coerulea var. coerulea and Leucospermum 'Blanche Ito' in front of a large restio (Rhodocoma capensis)|
|View from the top of the driveway|
|Repurposed industrial object as garden art|
|A perfect place to escape what would be called “the new normal”|
|Proper social distancing = one Agave franzosinii apart|
|Agave ovatifolia, Banksia alliacea, and Leucophyta brownii|
|Agave ovatifolia and cane cholla (Cylindropuntia spinosior)|
|Aloes and pincushions (Leucospermum)|
|Matilija poppy (Romneya coulteri) and Agave franzosinii|
|Mangave 'Lavender Lady' and Senecio mandraliscae|
|The location book (list of all plants available in the nursery and in which aisle they are) is now entirely online|
|Agave ovatifolia and blue pimpernell (Anagallis monellii)|
|Parrot's beak (Lotus berthelotii) growing on roof of the small shed near the checkout area|
|Kool Aid bush (Psoralea pinnata)|
|Encephalartos friderici-guilielmi (left), Agave vilmoriniana 'Stained Glass' (middle), Yucca queretaroensis (right)|
|Eriogonum nudum 'Ella Nelson's Yellow' in front of Agave 'Blue Glow' and Leucophyta brownii|
|Sago palm (Cycas revoluta) in front of Asian lemon bamboo (Bambusa eutuldoides 'Viridividatta'). At this point in time, I didn't know that I would remove the entire clump of bamboo in November.|
In June, I didn't leave Davis at all. The reality of the pandemic had begun to sink it, leading to a lingering low-grade depression. Being in the garden helped prevent it from getting worse.
|Bed next to the front door, with Dioon edule, a cycad from Mexico, a fan aloe (Kumara plicatilis), and many others|
|Aloidendron 'Hercules' and chaste tree (Vitex agnus-castus)|
|×Mangave 'Mayan Queen' looking like it's emerging from a sea of Acacia cognata 'Cousin Itt'|
On to July—September: the longest summer.
- 2020 in review: January—March (posted December 28, 2020)
- 2020 in review: April—June (posted December 29, 2020)
- 2020 in review: July—September (posted December 30, 2020)
- 2020 in review: October—December (posted December 31, 2020)
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