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Sunday, June 16, 2013

A Santa Barbara Garden







We've been away the last couple of weekends playing the summer tourist, and I'm exhausted. What day is this? Haha! Good times can do that for you! But we've been having a marvelous time, starting in Santa Barbara, California to visit family. It always feels like tropical resort living. 



There's often the so-called June Gloom in Santa Barbara, but as you can see the weather cleared for us. This is just the smallest sample of the grounds of our Brother and SIL's beautiful hillside house. This year the fountain has been filled with impatiens.





This is a butterfly bush. Easy to remember! I had never seen this gorgeous vine before.



Trailing along a dividing fence.



Such beautiful artistry on this hillside! My closeup shots of the vine in the far background did.n't work out, but it is a lavender colored trumpet vine. Another first for me. I've only seen it in orange before.





I love the tipped terracotta pots in the landscape. This one with asparagus fern "spilling" out.





A ground cover from the mallow family.



A wonderful blue potato vine.








These Matiliga Poppies or "fried egg flowers" are rather flamboyant in size, and make for an impressive show growing tall and bush like with each bloom about the size of four open hands.




One of the intimate sitting areas of the gardens.








Many jacaranda trees were in purple bloom all over the lovely neighborhoods of the paradise that is Santa Barbara. No matter what time of year I visit I always feel like I have landed in the original Garden of Eden. The limitless varieties of exotic plant life can just leave you breathless.

I hope you're enjoying some fun and beautiful summer jaunts of your own!

Jacqueline




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31 comments:

Suzan Sweatman said...

Wow Jocelyne - what a gorgeous place- paradise!
Those Jacaranda trees are just breath taking - thanks so much for sharing!
XOX

hostess of the humble bungalow said...

Being an avid gardener I really appreciated your Santa Barbara garden tour. It amazes me what grows in the different zones. Hope you are enjoying your visit.

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

Oh how wonderful- I am so glad you are getting out and travelling and enjoying yourself.

Those pics are amazing, it is so beautiful and different from our gardens here in Ohio.

Ellen said...

Wowwww Jacqueline, you have an awesome Blog, the pictures are beautiful!

Hugs,
Ellen

Sarah said...

Jacqueline, how I'd love to spend some time in Santa Barbara. It is always lush and gorgeous. Thanks for taking us along.

SizzleandZoom said...

You took a beautiful trip to a beautiful garden. Wonderful photos full of gardening ideas. I've been to
Santa Barbara. Even stayed there a couple of times. I love it there, so picturesque.

Linda said...

Oh.... how lucky are you!!
To get to visit...and stay...at this enchanting place!

Cheers!
Linda :o)

Pamela Gordon said...

It really looks beautiful in their gardens with everything in bloom. A lovely place to visit! Enjoy.

ImSoVintage said...

Gorgeous. My daughter went to UCSB and I love going there. You're right. It is beautiful year round. xo Laura

Clara said...

Hi Jacqueline!
What a great place to visit and the gardens are lovely. I have a teired fountain and was thinking of planting flowers in it and the impatients are a pretty idea.
~Clara

Lavender Cottage said...

Your brother has a beautiful property with lush plantings. I think the jacaranda trees have got to be the most impressive species when in bloom. Of course, that could be because I like purple.
Judith

Stacey said...

Just gorgeous! I love to see gardens in different places.

Cindy said...

Oh my goodness, what an amazing place they have. It looks like a different world from where i live. They have such a pretty garden with such unique varieties of plants!

Cindy

chateau chic said...

Wow! Absolutely GORGEOUS!!! Makes me want to hop on a plane.
Mary Alice

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Jacqueline,
What gorgeous gardens and sitting areas. So inspiring!
Love the hydrangeas and the fountain filled with blooms.
Hugs~

My Grama's Soul said...

JUST BEAUTIFUL........

xo

Jo

Shabbyfufu said...

What an amazing place! Thank you for visiting me today and sharing some beauty in your world....
xo
Janet

June said...

What a beautiful place to hang out Jacqueline. The gardens at your brother's house are amazing! I am so happy to hear that you have had the perfect weather for your visit. I am so intrigued by that vine!
sending hugs...

One Shabby Old House said...

I feel like I got away on your holiday just by looking at those beautiful flowers. What a lovely place to visit. I love that white poppy. Egg flower? I have never heard that before but I certainly see it.
Hugs
Becky

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Kerryanne @ Shabby Art Boutique said...

Such a beautiful garden. It must bring them so much pleasure.

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Bella said...

Hi J,
What a great garden!! I love visiting gardens. those Poppies, WOW, I have never seen anything like that, and the jacaranda trees are my FAVORITES (love that purple I do :-) They don't grow here :-( It looks like a picture perfect trip :-)
Hugs:-)

Liz@ Infuse With Liz said...

Wow, wow and wow! Thank you for the tour of those beautiful plants! Looks like a bit of paradise living there. That Jacaranda tree is gorgeous- I can't imagine having such beauty like that surrounding me.

Haworth said...

It sounds (and looks!) as if you had a splendid holiday in Santa Barbara, Jacqueline. Their garden is so breathtaking... and I've never even heard of, much less seen, most of those flowers. How beautiful they are!

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