Friday, April 12, 2013

A Manzanita Retrospective

Ridiculous how time flies. My last post was on January 25th and here we are now into the 2nd week of April. Between work and garden chores, I haven't been able to keep my blog up to date, but at least I charted the progression of blooms throughout the season on the property via photography and am posting some of those photos now. 

We didn't have all that much rain this past winter, and yet every freaking plant on the grounds (native, non-native, fruit trees, or otherwise) is studded with blossoms. I can only surmise that it was perhaps due to the lack of protracted cold temps in La Cresta, which can sometimes extend into April-May. 

So the manzanita blooms were simply stunning this year, and here's the retrospective:

1/26/13 Frazier Park/Mt. Pinos Manzanita (Arctostaphylos glauca).

2/8/13 Lester Rowntree (A. obispoensis x A. pajaroensis). 1982 RSABG Intro.

2/8/13 Austin Griffiths Manzanita (A. manzanita x A. densiflora).

1/25/13 Rainbow Manzanita (Arctostaphylos rainbowensis).

1/25/13 Rainbow Manzanita (A. rainbowensis).

2/8/13 Lutsko's Pink Manzanita (A. densiflora hybrid).

1/26/13 Mexican/Pointleaf Manzanita (Arctostaphylos pungens).

1/26/13 John Dourley Manzanita (Arctostaphylos hybrid named after the RSABG Horticultural director in the 1970s). A smaller selection with a mounding growth habit.

2/16/13 Whiteleaf Manzanita (A. viscida ssp. viscida).

1/25/13 Louis Edmunds Manzanita (A. stanfordiana ssp. bakeri).

2/8/13 Big Sur Manzanita (A. edmundsii).

2/8/13 Right to left: Sunset Manzanita (A. hookeri x A. pajaroensis) and Harmony Manzanita (A. densiflora).

2/8/13 Diablo Blush Manzanita (A. auriculata).

2/8/13 Ghostly Manzanita (A. silvicola).

2/8/13 Howard McMinn Manzanita (A. densiflora).

2/8/13 Austin Griffiths (A. manzanita x A. densiflora), Ian Bush Manzanita (A. densiflora x A. pungens) and Sentinel Manzanita (A. densiflora selection).

1/25/13 Margarita's Joy Manzanita (A. pechoensis).

1/25/13 Paradise Manzanita (A. pajaroensis).

1/25/13 Santa Cruz (A. andersonii).

3/3/13 Laguna Manzanita (A. glandulosa adamsii).


  1. you are very professional with your labelling. I need to organise labels on my many pots of bulbs.

    1. Thanks, Diana! My husband, on the other hand, just thinks I have an obsessive-compulsive disorder...

  2. Wow, I've always loved your and Gil's place. I'd love to come visit sometime before June 4th when I go back to Sweden. I love Manzanita and training these plants to take care of themselves. You know, I actually enjoy habitat restoration more than landscaping. But I love the practical applications end of it inn the garden anyway.

    1. So you're in Southern California, Kevin? I'm actually up in the Bay Area right now for work-related stuff and won't be back until probably mid-June. Really missing my garden!

      Too bad on the crossing of paths as we would have loved to have you come by for a visit and also get your feedback on native plant culture, especially on the application of micorrhizal fungi. Do let me know the next time you plan to be here - would love to meet you and your wife, give you a tour of the grounds and the hodgepodge of plantings I've installed over the years (and perhaps even partake of some tasty grub!).


  3. Oh, I'm sorry you're missing out on all the spring beauty.

  4. Nice collection. I wish we could have shared some of our huge rain surplus this spring though....:)

    1. Thanks troutbirder, and boy could we have used some of your rain!!

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