To everyone else, it is merely the Memorial Chapel. I prefer to think of it as el Catedral de Santa Clara de Los Gatos. It is a long story. Not only is it my favorite building that I work around, but it is outfitted with one of my favorite landscapes. Floral color is limited to white! My favorite color! There is not much to the landscape yet, but there will be later, particularly as the removal of adjacent trees improves sun exposure. Relocation of lily of the Nile is untimely, but necessary.

1. White lily of the Nile are a perfect fit here. They will function like a low hedge between the sidewalk and the roadway, without getting high enough to obscure the façade of the small Chapel.

2. Since the roadway is more than five feet below the sidewalk, the dense border of lily of the Nile will make the retaining wall seem less precipitous. The shading Douglas fir will get removed.

3. Double white angel’s trumpet was also a perfect fit when it was relocated here from the same garden that the lily of the Nile came from, but got majorly distressed by spider mite infestation.

4. It is recovering splendidly now, and is even developing floral buds again. Its future is uncertain though, since mites may continue to be a recurring problem. It lives next door to the Chapel.

5. Zonal geraniums presently provide the most white bloom here, although I can not take credit for them. Someone else put them here. I merely pruned them back when they were overgrown.

6. This is not what it looks like. This gentleman may seem to be expressing his opinion of the exclusivity of the white garden, or perhaps my predilection for white, but he is merely being silly.

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19 thoughts on “Six on Saturday: el Catedral de Santa Clara de Los Gatos

  1. There is a public garden on Madeira which we wished to visit and asked for directions at the hotel reception. There were puzzled looks before I explained more and then the moment of enlightment – “Oh, the cat park!” The garden had become a haven for all the feral cats of Madeira, it seems.

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    1. WHAT?! That is so . . . weird! It sounds like a bad horror movie, with all those feral kitties in one place.
      I got this name from two places, Los Gatos and Santa Clara County. Los Gatos is within Santa Clara County, but I would not name our local Cathedral after bobcats.

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  2. Nice to have some considered planting around the chapel, the white brugmansia sounds lovely but red spider mite does not! We rarely have that outside in this country. Mind you, we have plenty of other beasties to make up for that.

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    1. Red spider mites are very common in the redwoods, and it is unlikely than any mature redwood out there lacks them completely. However, they are not a problem for the redwoods. The problem is that all of our gardens and landscapes are below the redwoods, so that anything that is susceptible to red spider mite infestation is likely to eventually become infested to some degree. It is not often much of a problem, but was a problem for this angel’s trumpet. If it continues to be a problem, the angel’s trumpet will need to be relocated. Now that we know about the problem, it does not seem to be a problem any more, at lest for now. I put a bit of shredded blue gum foliage around the base, and spray the foliage with water. We will likely install a mister within the canopy, and connect it to the automated irrigation system. Red spider mites dislike the dampness, even if it happens only once weekly.


  3. Interesting about the spider mites. One benefit of putting my houseplants outside for the summer is that whatever was plaguing them indoors–scale, spider mutes, aphids–is at least temporarily cured. Normally I think it’s because I water with a hose and keep everything in check that way, but this summer the hoses are too heavy at the moment so I have had to resort to watering cans and yet the insects have still disappeared. Perhaps it’s the 9+” of rain we have just had. Whatever the reason, I am grateful. They usually don’t reappear until the spring–maybe March when the plants start to regrow. So then I only need to manage them for a few weeks until I can get the plants back out.


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    1. Predatory insects that control the common pathogens of houseplants do not like to be in the home. They are more efficient at controlling pathogens in the garden.


    1. El Catedral de Santa Clara de Los Gatos is built into a grove of redwoods, which surrounds the backside and the back half of each side. Even after the Douglas fir out front and the tanoak on one side are removed, only the front half of the building will be exposed. That is all that is necessary! The landscape will be very simple, but also rather lush with all those lily of the Nile. I suspect that the lily of the Nile will grow through autumn, and be ready to bloom for next summer. They should fill out nicely through next year. I know they do not look like much now, but they work fast! I should have moved them last autumn, but . . . things did not work out that way. I did not move them for the sake of moving them, but because they needed to be removed from their previous landscape.

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