Weâ€™re back from Mendocino but not quite done with vacation. It's always amazing to see the wealth of flowers and plants that grow in the benign climate of the coast. A native, Garrya elliptica is in full bloom.
Driving down Hwy. 1 near Point Arena we spotted these Monterey cypresses that have been pruned for many years. While I don't usually like formally pruned plants these are eye catching and whimsical enough to get me to pull over and take a photo.
Down the road further in Gualala was a nursery that uses giant dinosaurs to attract attention. I think this is what happens to nursery people who decide to live full time on the coast. This area is so beautiful, but so isolated that it takes a certain outlook to live there.
This little building is in Sea Ranch. It is a chapel and a good representative of the carefree buildings and people who inhabit this place.
I am gathering up some plants to take to my talk in Sacramento at the California Home and Flower show tomorrow. After the talk Monica and I will wonder around and see what's new or exciting for 2007.