Dustin’s Ballsy Totems

These stacked spheres are currently the stony exclamation points embellishing Dustin Gimbel’s Southern California garden/design laboratory/plant nursery.

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Dustin has described his fascination with the geologic anomaly of concretions on his blog non-secateur and how his obsession with them led him to a concretion homage, these spherical eruptions in the front garden, which he is experimenting with in anticipation of a coming project for a client.

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MB Maher visited earlier in the week, and then Dustin gave me a tour this afternoon and generously loaded me up with plants to take home.
Don’t ever admire a plant in his garden unless you’re prepared to have it ride shotgun on the way home. Thanks, Dustin!

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Left foreground, Senecio anteuphorbium, with dark aeoniums behind.

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Dustin’s own gorgeous selection of the dwarf fountain grass, Pennisetum ‘Eaton Canyon,’ which he has named ‘White Dwarf,’ is destined to be a classic.
Manageable size, great flowering, a beautiful landscape grass. Keep an eye out for this one at nurseries soon.

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Cascade of silvery leaves on the right is Acacia pendula.

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Echeveria gigantea

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And we can’t leave Dustin’s garden without another look at his now iconic variegated St. Augustine turf ottoman, which gives new meaning to “lawn furniture.”

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For those who feel they’re not quite ready to part with a lawn because they still need it under their back for an occasional bout of cloud gazing, perhaps a turf chaise lounge or ottoman would do just as well.

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3 Responses to Dustin’s Ballsy Totems

  1. Kathy says:

    I am all over those concretions-I love spheres..and the variegated Aeoniums dropped elegantly amongst the grasses ?..art .Dustin rocks…so to speak.

  2. hoover boo says:

    Beautiful beautiful California garden…thanks for the tour.

  3. Denise says:

    Glad you liked it, ladies. Dustin started this garden last April, and it’s far more wonderful than these photos depict. What an amazing plantsman he is.

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