A few weeks ago I had to get away from all the construction happening on my street so I decided to go for a walk so I could take part in this years “Winter Walk Off” inspired by Les of A Tidewater Gardener. Last year my post was a bit crazy. Fifty photos! This year I am a bit more busy so I am going to keep it short. I’m trying to keep my blog posts at fewer photos anyway. There is such a thing as too much of a good thing. I don’t want busy people quickly scrolling through my posts but if you don’t have much time for blog reading DO at least scroll to the end of this post. I saved the best for last.
I walked up to the northwest part of town which is known as Baywood Park.
There is beach access there so you can enjoy views of Morro Bay and the estuary. From left to right you can see Morro Rock, the unfortunate smoke stacks at the Morro Bay Power Plant, the Morro Bay Heights, the golf course, and Black Rock.
There are million dollar houses all along the estuary and the bay. This one is for sale. Quite a bargain since not only do you get a house with a beautiful view but you also get a magnificent Leucospermum cordifolium.
Orange Leucospermums are very popular in town. I fear for this ones safety as I believe there were some lateral sewer line markings on the street right near it. If you remember my post from last month the path of destruction is pretty wide. I don’t believe most Proteaceae transplant very well. Especially when they are this size. This is quite an artistic little house. I think leaves on the little tree in the background are fake. Made of metal or something.
They have a nice little Garrya elliptica too.
Does anyone know which Acacia this is? There are quite a few of them around town. They start blooming in January or February and are quite pretty but I still don’t know my Acacias. There are so many of them but they get quite big so I haven’t used any in garden designs.
This is the garden I wanted you all to stick around for. A really great design just a few minutes from my house. Nick Wilkinson from Grow Nursery had a hand in creating it.
Nick says they are about five years old and he has never had Aloe polyphylla at any other location get this big. It must be the exact right combination of our chilly coastal climate and maybe the excellent drainage from the large raised beds.
I’m really glad that winter is coming to an end (though truth be told it has been quite spring-like here the past month). I’m going on a trip in a few days but I’ll be doing a spring bloom and garden update post soon.