I’ve been pruning the Arcostaphylos densiflora ‘Harmony’ to reveal the shiny trunks on the side facing the drive, but leaving the back side to its own devices. This way, the tiny leaves and flowers form a backdrop. I like the textural differences here, with the Yucca’s bold, sword-like leaves. Were I more meticulous, I would have banished that dandelion before taking the picture.
I’m joining Anna in her new meme called Wednesday Vignette. She has a wonderful design sense that leads to some stunning combinations, so I urge you to check it out. Each new meme challenges us to new ways of seeing…I guess that’s called “Art”.
Oh Ricki – those trunks are to die for, and the Yucca makes such a fantastic architectural statement, in perfect color harmony (sorry!) with Harmony’s foliage. Heck – even the Dandelion looks planned! Love it – and thanks for joining in again!
Anna~Planned dandelion? That’s a bit of a stretch, but your words of encouragement are always welcome
Oh, yes, that is a great idea for a meme. I’ll have to join in in the future. I enlarged your photo to see the shiny stems–nifty! I like the contrast of the forms, colors, and patterns of those plants. Very nice.
Beth~Anna will be so pleased if you join us in her Wednesday vignettes.
Very nice, they do work well together. Me, I’d take two photos. The first one I wouldn’t notice the dandelion till I had uploaded the picture. Then I’d go back out, pull it, and take the picture again. I’m just neurotic that way.
Alison~And that’s why your garden always looks perfect.
Your approach is smart, prune to see the trunk but provide a green backdrop, why haven’t I been doing this!? I’m going to steal your idea…
Loree~Ideas are for stealing. Not so much smart as starting on the “front” side and noticing the effect before working my way around to the back.
Fantastic idea. The structure of your Arcostaphylos is so beautiful and the smooth bark is, soothing. Love it.
Jenni~Pruning has become the latest challenge. It’s a learning process.
Ricki, I am sorry it has taken me so long to stumble upon your blog. I love this picture. The color of the trunk looked so familiar and then I looked it up…a lovely Manzanita. I love the contrast of these two plants. I am from San Diego (banish to Houston for some horrible transgression I am unaware of) and used to spend weekend hiking among the sage brush, manzanita was always my favorite. Happy spring!
So glad that you found your way here. Manzanitas seem to have a pretty wide range. We saw many of them along the coastline when we vacationed on Orcas Island.
A very energizing combo, I like it!
Energizing: good description.
Heather! Long time no see. You coming to the swap?
That looks very eye-catching! I like the strong architectural feel, almost like scaffolding.
Why thank you, maam.
Beautiful! I love dandelions in the spring. They’re cheerful and adaptable, both admirable qualities so I sometimes let them stay until after they’ve bloomed. Love those trunks against the big strappy fellow. 🙂
Let’s hear it for the dandelions! It’s one way to bee friendly.
Of course it’s art! The dandelion speaks to rough-hewn nature that makes its way into our most carefully tended outdoor spaces, The delicate balance of embracing nature and utter entropy. Poetic. And a pretty picture too, with the spiky accents against the lines of manzanita trunk…
Love your rationalization for keeping the dandelion. They are everywhere, so fighting them is hardly a realistic option.