A Masterful Gardener in Santa Fe
|Sam Hitt's home in Santa Fe|
|A closer look...|
|Mammillaria geminispina along pathway|
Not everything at Sam's is hardy: here you can see a truly breathtaking specimen of a Mammillaria, which I neglected to get a proper name for: this resides in the greenhouse for the winter!
|Sam pointing out some treasures|
|One of Pete Hitt's stone troughs|
|TMore views of the xeric rock gardens|
|More veggie gardens|
|Brand new garden area|
|The xeric rock gardens|
|Cut flowers and greens|
|Xeric rock gardens from another angle|
|Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme (sort of)|
|Leaf veggies protected from critters|
|Queen Anne's Lace (wild carrots) are havens for beneficial insects (and great cut flowers)|
I love the way Sam intermixes ornamentals and food plants throughout this garden: it's so real!
|Vibrant coors on hens and chicks|
|Christmas trees of yore (including two magnificent Serbian spruce)|
He had many depressing stories to tell about the many regulations that are making small operations like his harder and harder to operate. Even the compost tea has to have special containers and "federal oversite"!
|Admiring Pseudolithos in full bloom|
|Tender succulent container|
Masterful gardeners grow all manner of plants, like these tender succulents!
|Rock collection (for future container gardens...)|
Sam and his son Pete do quite a business in container plants: here are lots of varied rocks and bones for future container gardens, I reckon!
|Rock Spiraea from the Grand Canyon|
This is the only one of many agaves Sam grew that survived a viciously cold winter: he has propagated from this for years--I suspect we should publicize this super hardy clone of Agave parryi. Methinks this could bloom next year....
|Leaf Amaranth: surprise success story|
Sam was delighted to discover that there was a large market for leafy Amaranth--which can be used in salads as well as a summer potherb. He expects his competition to catch on to this quickly--I wish our local groceries would too!
|Closeup of Amaranth|
|I just love these colors and textures!|
|Berlandiera growing wild|