The trip a friend and I took to the South Coast Plaza Spring Garden Show last weekend was disappointing and we spent far less time there than we have in the past. So, after an early lunch, we headed to Sherman Library & Gardens in nearby Corona del Mar. It was a beautiful day with perfect weather, although the garden was very crowded. We were lucky to find a parking spot on the street.
I've visited the gardens many times before. Here's what drew my attention this time.
|The Bromeliad Garden looked far sparser than I remember and I'm guessing that it was undergoing renovation|
|The Sun Garden was planted with lots of poppies this April|
|The statues, previously part of the Sun Garden, are currently part of the Formal Garden. The way the pedestals were placed, some with plants hanging from their mid-sections, suggested ancient ruins.|
|The orchid display drew my attention. All but one in this group were Cymbidiums. I couldn't identify the one on the left in the middle row.|
|The Tropical Conservatory was especially hot and humid on this visit but the koi fish and turtles in the pond weren't bothered|
|The Tillandsia-covered flamingo stood just outside the entrance to the conservatory, which sported Medinella magnifica (lower left), as well as a variety of orchids|
|These photos were taken in the Succulent Garden, as were those in the next 3 collages|
|Plant IDs for many of the plants in this and other areas of the garden can now be found in the Fantastic Flora section of Sherman Garden's website|
|Agave attentuata 'Variegata' (left) and A. 'Sun Glow' (right)|
|These are shots of plants I noticed that didn't fit neatly into any of the named garden areas. Clockwise from the upper left: Abutilon, Hippeastrum, and 2 Japanese maples.|
It's interesting to see how this garden changes from one visit to the next. As it happens, I published a post on Sherman Gardens almost exactly a year ago. If you're interested in drawing your own comparisons, you can view that post here.
That's it from me this week. I'm struggling to keep up with my own garden as the weather warms. The morning marine layer returned this week so we haven't had temperatures as hot as those we experienced last Friday but it's been warm enough to prompt more blooms and more weeds just as most of the bulb blooms head for the exit. It's keeping me busy!
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