The California central coast was blessed with some lovely spring-like weather over the weekend and it felt so great to get outside. I took a morning trip to Santa Cruz yesterday and spent a couple of hours with my sister and brother in-law just walking around, looking at plants and trying to identify them, admiring historic homes, and enjoying the day. Here are a few of my favorite photos from our walk.
Above: Nice rock garden composition with California Poppy, Dusty Miller, Aeoniums, and a great grouping of Echeveria-like succulents. There's even one growing in the craggy boulder!
Great purple glass headlamps on this old Ford truck.
I love this big antique sign.
Frogs in suits and top hats are always cool, if you ask me!
This street sign made me laugh and reminded me of Little Shop of Horrors.
Everywhere we went there were magnolias blooming! This white one had spectacular flowers and the sky above it was so deep blue.
Speaking of deep blue, this cool pressed tin sliding door and window moulding. Cool contrast of colors and materials on this building.
Very nice Leucospermum (cordifolium?) accented by reddish/brown boulders.
Quite an intimidating cactus! This one was probably 8'-10' tall!
All photos are my own, taken with my iPhone 4.