Monday, January 10, 2011

What a Sweet Place



This is always what I say when I visit the town of Mendocino, about three hours north of San Francisco, a beautiful community on sheer cliffsides, fronting the blue Pacific ocean. I visited before the New Years with some friends to enjoy a different New Years celebration and it was a treat to be here during non-peak season and enjoy the town without the hordes of tourists.


What I didn’t expect to see during this cold, damp winter season was some actual gardens still presenting some beautiful blooms especially considering the cold artic front that has been approaching from the last few days in the New Year.


I happened across many beautiful homes and gardens hidden behind grand picket fences with Victorian facades. This one is a garden leading to a local bakery/eatery with an outside dining terrace.



A sweet gate welcomes you into the garden and up to the terraced area.













I spotted this still blooming abutilon by the stairway, it was such a nice greeting especially for such a cold and windy morning.




-isn’t this just the type of bench you would love to have in your garden, or at least sit on to enjoy the entire garden unfolding before you?



I’ve never seen these bright fushia colored gazanias before, really intense hot pinks and orange throats, very cheery on such a drab morning.




The last blooms of this hybrid rose before the eminent artic blast coming that night along with I’m guessing is some type of milkweed or viburnum shrub in the background.




Can’t avoid that sweet bench again in the corner….




This is a nice combination of borage and a pink flower I couldn’t identify.



The hebe in the border was flush with purple blooms and the last of the roses starting to bud were still putting on a show.


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  1. Lovely post - makes me long for spring!

  2. Wonderful shots. The garden with flowers is beautiful.

  3. Marvelous captures as always, Noel, and such gorgeous flowers/colors! I could surely use some to lighten up the gray in Seattle! Hope you had a wonderful holiday and that your new year is off to a great start!


  4. I love these glimpses of your world. Superb shots all.

  5. the mosaic loveseat is charming! the second photo is so familiar and welcoming. could be one of the gates here.:p

  6. It is surprising that blooms still exist in the area. Not as spectacular as your home this time of year but very charming, indeed … especially that floral bench. I’d love to have one just like it!

  7. Ah, you made it to Mendo... Doesn't it feel like there's a law that every property downtown has to have a fantastic garden? Last time we were there, (Thanksgiving) there was a ton of blooms. Matti

  8. Your mystery purple is a Hebe , and Mendo is Hebe heaven.


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