Did you ever read the book, The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett? It was one of my favorite books as a child, and I always imagined myself exploring a hidden garden.
|Yellow Protea flower|
|Elk Horn (Cotyledon orbiculata)|
There were so many lovely vistas as well as unusual plants and combinations; I was very busy taking a lot of photos. However, my legs were quite sore the next day from bending and squatting down for the perfect photo shot – at least I don’t have to feel guilty for not being able to visit the gym on our trip 🙂
|Mexican Marigold (Tagetes lemmonii)|
|A floss silk tree is surrounded with a variety of succulents.|
|Bright orange aloe blooms around the house.|
|Artichoke agave (Agave parryi ‘truncata’) and ‘Blue Glow’ agave|
Across the lawn from the house, a desert area filled with several agave species, columnar cacti, golden barrels and yucca create a lovely contrast to the darker green plants surrounding them.
The dark pink flowers of rock purslane (Calandrinia spectabilis) grab your attention along with the bright orange flowers of soap aloe (Aloe maculata).
|Mexican bush sage (Salvia leucantha) with Mexican feather grass (Stipa tenuissima)|
This was by far my favorite combination of plants. The contrast of textures with the grasses waving in the breeze and the upright purple flowers of the salvia was just breath-taking.
I took a video of how it looks with the wind blowing, which it was quite a lot that day.
In a nearby field, the bright orange flowers of California poppies (Eschscholzia californica) were in full bloom creating a carpet of color that could be viewed from the house.
Up the hill from the house stood a Japanese garden. The raised terrace was built around a large oak tree, which I appreciated the shade it offered since I didn’t wear my hat 😉
Japanese statues and a Zen area completed this section of the garden.
In the back of the raised terrace, was a vine-covered walkway with arches that looked out into an enclosed outdoor area.
Between the two arching oak trees was a circular stage. Majestic oak trees were used to great effect throughout the entire garden.
As I walked back toward the house, I could see one of the gardeners hard at work, pulling weeds from around the succulents.
As we walked back toward the entrance, we took another route along a gravel path lined with tall tree aloes, pink flowering ice plant along with daisies of all colors blooming.
Despite the high winds, it I had a fabulous time in this very secret garden. It is without a doubt one of my top 5 gardens of all time with its use of beautiful, drought tolerant plants from around the world.
If I had to pick my favorite vista of the garden, it would be the one pictured in this photo…
This is how I envision what heaven will be like. I hope that God has a nice little garden cottage prepared for me next to a lovely garden like this one.
If you would like to learn more about this secret garden, here is a link to an article written about a few years ago with more photos.
Visits to the garden are by invitation only, and you can contact the garden through their Facebook page here.