That’s right – we have wild natives all around our garden! Wildflowers and native plants that is.
When you are at Abalone Bay enjoy a discovery walk among our plants. We are so pleased that Scott Graf of Floriferous Landscaping in Sea Ranch designed and installed our courtyard using native plants. The use of native plantings follows the Sea Ranch philosophy of being one with our environment and living lightly on the land. The Sea Ranch home owners association states ornamental fences, gates, and railings, doors, ornate plant containers, “garden sculpture,” permanent flagpoles, and other decorative elements are not permitted if visible from outside the house or private exterior spaces.
“ At The Sea Ranch we have developed a community based in wild nature and sustained by its beauty. We have an important responsibility here.
What do we bring to this environment and how do we alter it? I feel myself a custodian rather than an owner of it. . . . I feel I owe constant vigilance and care for its poetic and spiritual survival. I hope those who follow me feel the same.”
—Lawrence Halprin, Landscape Architect
The Sea Ranch . . . Diary of an Idea, 2003
The use of native plants becomes even more critical given the prolonged drought facing all of California. Unique to The Sea Ranch is the mix of special native seeds combined by Larner Seed Company.
Photos used in this post come from Wikipedia unless otherwise noted. Click on the photo to learn more about each specie. Following below are further resources for California Native Plants and plants best suited for The Sea Ranch.
Abalone Bay’s Wildflowers and Native Plants
Below are the plants you can walk among while staying at Abalone Bay. They are first listed with their botanical name, followed by their common name. Can you spot them in our garden?
Wildflowers and Native Plants Found outside our fence:
Wildflowers and Native Plants found in the Courtyard
Native Plants -Tree:
Native Plants- Shrubs:Ceanothus Dark Star/California Lilac Photo from California Nursery: http://www.calfloranursery.com/
Native Plants – Ferns and GrassesCalamagrostis nutkaensis/ Pacific reed grass Photo from www.landscaperesource.com Leymus condensatus ‘canyon prince’/ Canyon Prince Wild Rye. Photo from www.landscaperesource.com
Resources for The Sea Ranch California Native Plants
The Sea Ranch Landscape: A Rare North Coast Tour