Although the sale area was well-stocked, many of the plants were the same varieties offered during the Fall Plant Sale and, mindful of how far away our car was parked, I chose not to try my husband's patience by glomming onto any large specimens. I bought 4 summer-blooming South African bulbs (1 Moraea flaccida and 3 Dipcadi viride) and a small pot of Dorycnium hirsutum (aka hairy Canary clover). I already have a lot of the latter and it self-seeds freely but I had a spot I wanted to fill and the price was good.
While in search of a spot to have lunch, I couldn't pass up the opportunity to snap a few photos of the rose garden, currently in full bloom.
|Whichever direction you turned|
|All in glorious bloom|
My favorite roses among those I surveyed during my brief visit were these:
|'Day Breaker', a floribunda, couldn't have looked more perfect|
|I didn't get the name of this one. Could it be 'Brass Band'?|
|I didn't get the name of this one either but isn't it's form exquisite?|
There were LOTS of others worthy of mention, of which these are but a few:
After lunch, I took some shots of the California Garden near The Huntington's front entrance before we got on our way, hoping to avoid Friday's rush-hour traffic through the downtown Los Angeles corridor.
|That mass of red flowers in the middle of the photo is Anigozanthos (aka kangaroo paws)|
|There was a lot of Spanish lavender (Lavandula stoechas) in bloom here, along with yarrow (Achillea 'Moonshine'), foxgloves (Digitalis) and a plant I couldn't identify (possibly a form of Teucrium)|
|Don't the Yucca rostrata look fabulous mirroring the silver color of the Orbit Pavillion?|
When we got home, I checked on my own roses. I've a relatively small number of them and none of them can be said to be blooming in earnest at this point.
|As usual, my 'Joseph's Coat' climbing rose has been the strongest bloomer but I didn't catch the full glory of its first flush (partly because my husband chooses to park his truck in front of it)|
|The 'Pink Meidiland' roses at the front of the house, 6 shrubs in all, have just produced a scattering of flowers thus far|
That's it for this week. When this post appears, I should be in Austin, Texas touring gardens as part of the annual Garden Bloggers' Fling. The weather forecast calls for rain but hopefully I'll be able to share some decent photos upon my return; however, my response to any comments you may post here will be delayed. My husband is staying behind and has promised to take care of our cat but his assistance doesn't extend to managing my blog. Best wishes for a pleasant weekend!
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