What a delightful surprise that "Mad Max: Fury Road" turned out to be about gardening and gardeners. In a sense. Mostly, it's a two hour post-apocalyptic car chase, but the protagonists are trying to get to "the green place" in a landscape devoid of plants and water. (Some filming was done in Namibia, one of the driest places on earth.) Plant seeds are a key plot point. Metaphorically, the movie is about enduring a terrible ordeal in order to reach a green place. We gardeners can certainly appreciate that.
Speaking of reaching green places, we toured the
Huntington Herb garden last Sunday. Our original destination was the
Rose garden, which we discovered was being set up to host a wedding. We
turned into the Herb garden instead.
It costs $100,000 to rent the Huntington Rose Garden for a wedding. Bridegroom not included.
Workers were addding fresh roses to the central dome. I doubt those were included in the price.
The herb garden was quiet. A few visitors, a lot of plants.
Caper plant. This is reputedly an easy growing, drought tolerant shrub in Southern California. Eat a lot of capers? I don't. The edible bit is the flower bud, which is pickled. The ripe berry is also eaten pickled.
Herbal plants are often round, nebulous, blobby plants, so formal structure in an herb garden makes for good visual balance.
This is the flax that produces flax seed, Linum usitatissimum. It was drying out, so it had been tied into bundles, which looked attractive, actually. Pretty blue flowers.
Some sort of Salvia, I think.
The pink and white version of Salvia leucantha, which is most typically purple. A myrtle in bloom on the right.
The rose arbor, hedges, tuteurs, brick paths, and wrought wishing well add structure. In winter the area is mostly fallow. I think the tall grassy plant might be sugar cane.
Structure also added by the trunks of a Crape Myrtle.
Bronze fennel surrounding..something.
Bronze fennel again, with Amaranth seedlings in the background.
Artichoke, both edible and ornamental
Late spring, without doubt.
On leaving, visitor whimsy sighted.
A green place is a good place.