Heidi did major damage to her ankle (breaking and tearing were involved) and is just getting on her feet again but her garden looks grand nonetheless.
The space is still full of interesting perennials, reseeding annuals, etc. but over the last few years, evergreens are playing a larger role, making the garden look great year round.
Heidi's garden is full of fabulous artwork.
A fun surprise in the paving of one of the patio areas surrounding a large fire pit.
You can see the structure of the former main sales greenhouse in the background.
What an awesome space in which to host an event.
Every time I see these mirror-mosaic spheres, I vow to make some.
All of the plants for sale have been moved to an upper, less visible space. Lots of super conifers.
Among the deciduous plants were quite a few unusual ginkgos, even some variegated varieties
Unusual acers. The prices of all of the plants was incredibly low.
So tempting to buy a car full of plants but I limited myself to a couple of Larix kaempferi 'Tunis' standards, four Hebe 'Pink Elephant' and an Ilex crassifolia.
Where does she find such unusual garden art?
Frequent visitors to the farm are accustomed to seeing this area full of plants for sale but it's lovely this way as well.
The sight of this Schefflera taiwaniana sitting outside the greenhouse skeleton brought back a fond memory from a few years ago. At that time, Monrovia was slowly releasing this plant and nurseries were only allowed three or four the first year. The next year a few more were allowed and Heidi called me to let me know that she'd gotten some in. I left work right on time and drove an hour and a half to get to the nursery just before closing to purchase one. In retrospect, it was a bit silly as these are now in generous supply in many nurseries at far lower prices but at the time, I felt very lucky to have one.
Jim's spheres still adorn the garden and I think some might be available for sale. Because of his health, Jim is no longer making them.
My fourth grade teacher did not like messy desks and would often dump the contents of same on the floor for her students to organize. What would she have thought of this?
It's nice to know that the garden will continue and that Heidi will be starting an exciting new project this summer. I'm looking forward to experiencing it and sharing it with you! With Heidi's energy and creativity, this new chapter will surely be a smashing success!