How excited am I that I designed a garden that features a bocce court? Pretty excited actually. Simply because it isn’t something that I would have ever imagined myself being involved in a few years ago.
Gabe and I stopped by to take a look at the finished court and see how the garden is coming along. Homeowner Carl gave me a lesson in bocce and I’m actually pretty good at it (or maybe it was just luck). Pretty cool stuff. I’m really looking forward to sharing updates on this garden as the plants grow in. You can’t really see from this photo but to the left of the court there are some plants. A pair of Agave vilmoriniana, some Sedums, Leucadendrons, and Grevilleas. I think they will look really nice when they grow and fill in but now that I see the finished court I kind of wish I had kept it simpler. Just a row of maybe five Agave vilmoriniana growing from a carpet of Sedums. Oh well. All part of the learning process. I don’t think I had a really strong image of what the bocce court would look like in the space.
We were discussing maybe adding some kind of art installation hanging on the fence at the end of the court. What do you think?
Now this wasn’t the only garden we visited today that has a bocce court. This next one is going to knock your socks off. I just wish my photos were better but I wasn’t planning garden visits today and only had my camera phone.
This is the garden of homeowners Vince and Janet just a few blocks away. This is a garden that Gabe designed before I started working with him. It is hard to believe but I think the garden is just under two years old. Plants grow really fast here on the coast. I first saw this garden last January when I was had just moved to West Hollywood. I was just starting my design business and came up to Morro Bay for a visit to ask Gabe for some tips on how he was running his business. He took me to several of his gardens that weekend and they were all amazing but this is the one that really wowed me. It also encouraged me to ask Gabe what he thought of the possibility of us working together and here I am today designing gardens for him.
I love everything about this garden. Gabe said the design itself was rather informal. He started putting it on paper and then just started buying cool plants for it.
Look at the size of this blooming Sedum ‘Coppertone’. I wish my camera had captured the color of the leaves better. They glow at dusk.
Look at all the blooms on this Leucospermum! Vince and Janet are really into caring for and learning about the plants in the garden. It is fun to see homeowners so involved and excited about their garden.
Another Leucospermum with a Grevillea. I’m a little bit in love with the genus Grevillea lately. I’m going to include them in more and more of my designs.
It is hard to believe this is a Kalanchoe. It reminds me of an Arabis or Aubrieta.
And the bocce court! The walls are a bit higher on the ends of this court and the plantings around it are more mature. What do you think?
Not one but two beautiful specimens of Euphorbia lambii. I wish I had a picture of the entire plants as they are quite impressive. (ETA: actually I just noticed you can see them in the background of the next photo!).
I was excited to see this species of Kniphofia looking so fantastic as I just included some in a design.
This is the top of the garden around the bocce court. The rest of the garden that you can see in the first picture slopes down toward and is visible from the street.
Not only is this Dyckia in full wonderful bloom but it has four more huge inflorescences forming!
They even had some bocce inspired art commissioned. I love it. I think if you are going to include art in your garden you should go all out and have something grand and a little crazy. Something made just for you is neat too.
Leucadendron discolor is just starting to bloom (I’m sorry it is not quite in focus).
And finally a very impressive specimen of Agave gypsophila.
I hope you enjoyed this little tour. I’ve wanted to share this garden for a while now and in the future I’ll share more of Gabe’s garden designs before I came on board. As homeowner Carl said “I’ve hitched my wagon to a shining star” and after seeing some more of Gabe’s mature designs you’ll see that is true.