More photos from the Huntington visit from this past weekend. One thing I thought odd: in the two big double beds of Austin roses, someone had stuck in a couple of random HT's, the red striped 'Rock and Roll' was wedged in between something like 'The Nun' and 'Hilda Murrel'. Were they that desperate for space?
The 'Temple of Love' was surrounded by a mass planting of 'Tamora' for many years. It appears 'Tamora' has been replaced by 'Iceberg'. I love the curve of that path.
'English Garden': Their 'English Garden' is a little bigger than my 'English Garden'. Flowers look identical, though.
'Teasing Georgia' was a large shrub with just a couple of flowers that day:
'Sally Holmes', looking great that day, but she won't do much else for the rest of the year.
In general, the roses were in full spring flush, much later than mine!
The can-be-beautiful 'Pierre de Ronsard' (aka 'Eden'), so often ruined by thrips and botrytis, looking miraculously good that day:
I couldn't id this one, and there was no tag. What species rose is yellow? Rosa foetida?
The bees were enjoying it:
Also in the rose garden, the bark of a giant Mexican Cypress forms a complex pattern:
In the nearby Shakespeare garden, a Sambucus nigra 'Black Beauty' looked great. I thought they did not like southern California, but this one obviously does. It was large and apparently thriving:
A new young 'Black Beauty' mixed in with cannas, rush, salvias. Pomegranate in the background.
What would be a fine companion for the black Sambucus, but in another area of the Huntington, the Children's Garden. Santolina 'Lemon Fizz', looking both lemony and fizzy.
Also in the Children's garden, a once-low-rosette of ornamental kale had become an odd Cussonia-like tower.
The sky blue of Plumbago (ariculata?):
The remodeled Japanese garden was reopened, but we did not see the new bits. When one visits with a large family party, once must go with the flow.