I'm back from California and still dreamy eyed from the intense light, the smell of the Pacific, the lush estates in deep contrast to the drought desert scrub`that towered above them and the very competent, but extremely fast drivers in Los Angeles who kept me on my toes!
There was a lot of driving to Santa Barbara, San Diego, Los Olivos, Will Rogers State Beach and of course to the airport.
One of many destinations was to Rose Story Farm in Santa Barbara. I've ordered roses from Garden Valley Ranch in northern California, but Rose Story Farm has a longer growing season and I've enjoyed their personal customer service.
Organized tours don't start until late April, but Patti welcomed us to come anyway for a short tour and we weren't disappointed even though the the 'farmed' roses weren't quite blooming yet.
Pacific Coast Highway near Carpenteria
First stop at the farm!
There are several houses for rent - short or long term on the property.
Hedges of Sally Holmes - one of my favorite roses.
Cecil Brunner. My grandfather had a huge climber over a potting shed. I just ordered one from the Antique Rose Emporium in Texas - they ship 'own root' roses.
A dead tree with several different climbers trained over it.
Rose Story Farm packs it's rose stems in wet moss for shipment. I've never had a problem with their roses and they've always been long lived and always beautiful.