When I started my post last week, I meant to write about a trip to Cistus Nursery with Loree, intrepid Mistress of Danger Garden. But once I got on that Highway, there were so many other fascinating places to visit–at least in my fanciful imagination.

So back to the upshot. A couple weeks ago, I watered for Danger while she was off Blog Flinging in Toronto. I don’t live far from Loree, and I always love the opportunity to look at her garden. And when she’s gone, I can take my time contemplating scenarios in her garden for implementation in my own.

when I'm the boss of Danger Garden, I can take my time in borrowing ideas.
when I’m the boss of Danger Garden, I can borrow ideas liberally.

Here’s a closer look at the neat border treatment. Nice idea, no?

And a closer look. Some rendition of this is headed for my garden.
And a closer look. Some rendition of this is headed for Flamingo Park.

In fairness, this time, my son helped manage–which is a good thing. If I’d destroyed any of Danger’s plants by dragging the heavy hose across it, I’d feel the need to leave the country. I’m happy to report that didn’t happen, and I’m still happily situated in the US of A.

I do find it ironic, that without fail, when Danger leaves town, the temperatures soar. It’s nerve wracking. Because even though much of her garden is drought tolerant, I’m always sure things are thirsty anyway. I usually water a little more than instructed, but that’s the right thing to do when it’s extra hot, right? Lance Wright over at Garden Riots just wrote an interesting post about soil and water penetration. Worth a read–but put on your thinking cap. This guy is the mad scientist of garden passion.

So back to the Cistus Nursery visit.

Yucca rostrata - my first selection, but Loree said no.
Yucca rostrata – my first selection, but Loree said no.

Last week, I claimed Loree said “no” to this first giant Yucca rostrata we stumbled upon. I suppose that’s not technically true–she’s all for the plant. But I might have been immodest in my first gushing: it was $500. Shortly thereafter, we ran into proprietor Nathan, and he said they had some even bigger, for $1200, and he advised me to choose one of those instead. See, I’m not that bad.

We took some time to stroll the gardens. Danger blogged about Cistus this week as well. How could she not?

We oohed and awed over the Romneya coulteri aka Matilija Poppy.
We oohed and awed over the Romneya coulteri aka Matilija Poppy.

You can sneak up on this plant from any direction and it’s still fabulous.

Romenya coulteri, gorgeous from all directions.
Romenya coulteri, gorgeous from all directions.

How am I just now picking up Stipa barbata on my radar? It is the epitome of grooviness, and I need it.

Stipa barbata aka Silver Feather Grass
Stipa barbata aka Silver Feather Grass

The hub of the Cistus Nursery is always packed with exotics. Hummingbirds think this a cool place to hang out. I don’t think I’ve ever been there without seeing at least one. And frogs like it too.

heart-throb exotics in the Cistus hub
Heart-throb exotics in the Cistus hub, Agave and Yucca rostrata in bloom!

The Yucca rostrata in bloom is a sight to behold.

Yucca rostrata in bloom. Swooooon.
Yucca rostrata in bloom. Swooooon.

Got lucky on this photo back in 2010. Isn’t that frog the cutest?

during a 2010 visit, I did manage to catch a shot of a frog.
during a 2010 visit, I didn’t dare move that obstacle for fear froggy would hop away.

Love Agave bracteosa ‘Monterey Frost’, and I don’t have this one. I should have gotten it, but in my excitement over being at Cistus, my attention was zinging about freely.

Agave bracteosa 'Monterey Frost'
Agave bracteosa ‘Monterey Frost’

We found gem after gem in the display gardens. Though for these Cistus dudes, they’re probably just their gardens, and they happen to display well. Gardeners, gotta love ’em.

Schefflera delavayi has big sexy leaves.
Schefflera delavayi has big sexy leaves.
Wider view of the Schefflera delavayi. The leaves, ooh ooh ooh!
Wider view of the Schefflera delavayi. Ooh ooh ooh!

This was the bean winner for the plant I brought home. Remember back there where I said Danger was rewarding me for watering duties. I wanted to choose a plant that would make us both happy.

Thanks, Loree.

a brand new Schefflera delavayi for Flamingo Park!
a brand new Schefflera delavayi for Flamingo Park!

After we’d each picked up a couple more gems and stashed them near the counter, Nathan asked the magic question: do you want to go through the greenhouses. Score!

lush overload in the greenhouse.
lush overload in the greenhouse

 

Rosa sericea var. pteracantha aka Winthorn Rose
Rosa sericea var. pteracantha aka Winthorn Rose

This fabulous Cactus? was just outside one of the greenhouses. The arm seemed broken at the bend, which added to its interest. Will it grow a new limb there?

groovy Cactus just hanging out. the arm seemed broken where it bends.
groovy Cactus just hanging out. the arm seemed broken where it bends.

 

Looks soft enough to pet. I did not.
Looks soft enough to pet. I did not.
good bug. dragonfly, I'm guess.
this dragonfly was giving me the evil eye. twelve-spotted skimmer perchance?
Danger herownself strolling a greenhouse. In her element.
Danger herownself, following her bliss.

And in closing, a gratuitous animal photo. Posy, Punky, and Mister are my greeters when I come in from the garden. They send best gardening wishes your way.

Posy Etta James, Pumpkin, and Mister Kitty.
Posy Etta James, Pumpkin, and Mister Kitty.

Cheers.

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