A Cool Garden on a Hot Day
So I found another couple of gardens from the Garden Bloggers Fling in San Francisco that I never did write about. One was the Palo Alto garden of Andrea and Andy Testa-Vought, designed by Bernard Trainor. Though very different from the kind of Midwest gardens I am used to, I admired how this garden created an outdoor living space for people with creative hardscape and a collection of plants native to California and other Mediterranean climates. Though please don’t ask me their names.
OK, let me by honest – what I (and I expect many others) appreciated most was the opportunity to take off our shoes and put our hot, suffering feet into the water. We arrived there at the end of a long day of visiting gardens in record heat and under a strong summer sun.
But even without this blessed relief, there was no denying that this was a beautiful garden.
I’m still not a huge fan of succulents, but they obviously are a good fit here, and in this setting I can see the appeal.
Not everything was a succulent. I liked this Cotinus and the grasses.
It’s California, so there was citrus.
There were many spots, some in the open and others hidden away, for sitting and appreciating the outdoors.
There was a gorgeous tree with blue flowers that reminded me of lilac or butterfly bush. Anybody know what this is?
If you want to know more about this garden, here’s an article from Pacific Horticulture magazine.
I should mention that the owners were extremely hospitable (thank God for the water and other cold drinks) and very engaging. Their cat, on the other hand, didn’t seem too excited to see us.