Sundial Succulents, Deana’s Garden, Carpinteria, CA
8/19/21 6:53 PM
Time away with friends is precious, especially when you share common passions.
I was fortunate enough to be hosted by my dear friend Deana in Carpinteria one summer. She is the perfect host, and an expert on local history, vegetation and hot spots.
Fueled by exploration, and California wine, we squeezed every moment out of the long weekend and saw so much. Our itinerary also included a visit to acclaimed Lotusland Botanical Garden, but in the end, it was Deana’s garden that provided the most inspiration. Over the years, Deana has transformed her small plot of coastal property into a visual feast for the eyes, layering aloes, agave and succulents into compositions that delight. Her front yard is prized by her neighbors, who visit on their daily walks.
The sun can be stubborn in the summer months along the coast, but it likes to shine in the late afternoons and early evenings when this moment happened. One evening, in Deana’s carefully created plantings, I saw a sundial, and I knew it was time. Time to breathe deep, share a moment with dear friends, and be grateful for their time and talents.