Usually I only see the Lotus seed pods and dead leaves. A rare summer visit to the Huntington was worth enduring the heat--mostly. The Lotus in bloom, bees attending. The luxury of moist air. Curtains of willow.
Older plantings--Agapanthus. There's a hummer in there, if you can spot it, a smear of little wings near the center of the photo.
Latest and greatest plantings to replace lawn: Olive (I think), Anigozanthos, Brachychiton, Muhlenbergia rigens.
A greener grass in bloom:
Are those Yucca rostratas new? Pleasing color pairing with the lavenders, weird with the red Anigozanthos. Aqua and red, not so good.
Marigolds gone, more xeric plants have filled in the entrance way rill beds. The potted Chondropetalums are growing rapidly. The whole new entrance complex was paid for by Charles Munger, the long time investment partner of Warren Buffett.
No bucks, no buds.
Water lilies also, fenced off from hungry koi.
In a broken urn in a transitioning area in the Shakespeare garden, a plant new to me: Texas endemic Buddleia marrubifolia, with beautiful dainty-silvery-fuzzy foliage. A Shakespeare garden is an odd place for a west Texas endemic. The urn also contained Graptopetalum paraguayense, which is mentioned in "Hamlet" and "MacBeth", if you call it by the common name of Ghost (plant).
The Buddleia flowers feed butterflies.
My heart, though, kept drifting back to Lotus.