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Although this could very well be a picture of me finding a new treasure at a favorite nursery, it's actually an illustration by David Catrow for a children's book called Plantzilla.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Flinging in Rebecca Sweet's Garden

Rebecca Sweet's Garden was the last we visited on day two of the fling.  Seeing citrus growing on trees is always as thrilling to me as it was the first time I experienced it 30 years ago.  It seems so exotic!
 

Rebecca's garden is chock full of wonderful plants and interesting objects.

Gorgeous agave/echiveria combination!
 
 
 Rebecca does a wonderful job of combining succulents!


In this garden, the birds have first class accommodations!
 
I may need to steal am inspired by this use of pinecones.  Imitation is the highest form of flattery, right? 

Another mantle.  The sansevieria tongues of flame make this extra special!

Everyone fell in love with this fabulous studio which is more tidy than most of our homes!

Harmony in the Garden is the name of Rebecca's business.  Wouldn't it be great to go to work every morning by walking across your garden to this office?

An exterior side of the studio.

Many interesting collections were well showcased.

  How does the potting area look so organized and clean?

 
 
These bark stepping stones are made of concrete.  Pretty nifty, huh?
 
 
 I don't see a speck of dirt.  Hmm. 

 

 Nice outdoor kitchen and amazing bougainvillea. 

Looks like a finial of some sort.  Mexican?  The object placement in this garden was impressive.



Another fabulous foliage combination. 


A larger view of the back garden.  sorry about the sun!

By this time we were happy but weary campers!  Judy, Jason, and Scott pause for a moment.  It's been quite a day!

And here's another lady taking a load off her feet.


 


And we were serenaded by the Sweet's feathered friends who live in this gorgeous aviary.
 
To see and read more about Rebecca's garden, go to her blog!  Thanks for being such a wonderful host and allowing us to traipse through your delightful garden!

We had this evening free so a small group of us decided to head down to the waterfront to grab dinner together.  The echiveria-bodied crab got a lot of attention.

Dinner over, a little walking through stores, and it was time to head back to the hotel. 



30 comments:

  1. That evening dinner on the waterfront was so much fun! Remember the ride back on the trolley? You got some great pictures of Rebecca's garden. My brain was so completely fried. I don't even remember seeing the mantle with the Sanseveria flames, and that is something Ive seen on other blogs and would have so loved to get a good look at. Love the cute little lady sitting on the fungi!

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    1. So many wonderful surprises hidden everywhere in this garden! That evening was quite memorable!

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  2. This is truly an artist's garden!

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  3. Wow, what a crab! In Rebecca's lovely garden you caught a lot of details that I missed. The lady taking a load off on the fungi is really cute.

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    1. I was sorry that I didn't get more shots of larger views of the garden because it was so well done but all the hidden treasures kept luring me to find more!

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  4. Another fantastic garden from the SF Fling tours. You captured so many special details and this is a post I'll visit again as I try to figure out how to incorporate found items in my own garden. Rebecca did such a great job with all those collected items in her personal garden.

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    1. Touring this garden was fun for many reasons but I especially loved the treasure hunt aspect of it!

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  5. Lovely tour for those of us unable to be there. What fun you had!

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    1. It was great fun touring beautiful gardens with such a delightful group of garden nuts! Perhaps you'll join us in Portland next year.

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  6. A collectors garden indeed, and not just plants!

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  7. Thank you so much for such a wonderful tour of my garden! I LOVE seeing it through your eyes and had to laugh out loud when I saw the giant gnome face that you found hidden in the far end of my side yard. That, too, is made of concrete and weighs a ton and I actually forgot it was even there - ha! Thank you for coming, it was an honor to have you here. Until next time...

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    1. It was a privilege to be in such a wonderful garden! I so loved your creative use/placement of objects and your fabulous plants! Your tea was also a big hit and I've made it myself since returning home! Thank you so much for the opportunity to experience the beauty you've created!

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  8. I really enjoy the garden views :) I congratulate you for the wonderful hand plant! These lemons are fantastic. All beautifully. Greetings from Polish :)

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    1. I'm glad that you enjoyed this garden! Thank you Joanna!

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  9. You are SO lucky! (I may join you in stealing that pinecone idea...) Yes, her office/studio IS charming. Thanks for yet another eye-pleasing visit.

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    1. If I had a studio like that I'd just mess it up with piles of papers and projects. We just can't have nice things with me around the house.

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  10. On a home tour I commented on a beautiful minimalist dining table and the woman next to me said she was good friends with the owner and this was the first time she had seen the table because it was always buried beneath a mountain of papers and projects. Just sayin...70 garden nuts coming to visit would be a great motivator, and she certainly rose to the occasion.

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    1. It's true that we tidy up a bit before guests, especially the plant obsessed ones, visit our gardens. Fortunately, I've avoided having anyone visit this year so my true slovenly nature has remained hidden behind the fence.

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  11. That garden is amaaaazing! I am in love with that outdoor kitchen. Of course the gorgeous bougainvillea might have something to do with it.

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    1. The outdoor kitchen is quite nice. I fell in love with the whole area and am ready to move. (Will never happen as I'm far too lazy.)

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  12. That was not mexican thing..that's top of balinese terra-cotta roof tile for hindu temple. That's great succulent combination indeed.

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    1. That makes complete sense. Thank you for telling me as I greatly admired it!

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  13. It certainly was an action packed two days the fling! Lovely garden but was equally charmed with the studio!

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    1. The organizers did a fantastic job of planning great activities for us! You're right, the garden and studio are both wonderful!

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  14. I have to say, you are exceptionally good at making readers feel like they've come along with you on your garden adventures. I want someone to pay you and Alison to document your adventures together.

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    1. Thank you Heather, that's a very nice thing to say. Alison and I have so much fun together & that's payment enough. Although if someone wanted to pay us to traipse around gardens, take pictures, and blog about it, I wouldn't protest!

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  15. Very nice. Awfully tidy though. I don't think Rebecca would like my garden.

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    1. It would be nice to have a garden like that but I'd just mess it up.

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