Huntington Chinese Garden, Early Sunday Morning

The Lotus of the previous post were all from the Huntington early last Sunday morning. 
Their mystic reflection:
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For our Sunday morning visit, rather than our usual strategy of heading straight to the Desert Garden, we visited the Chinese garden first.  The growth of the plantings since the garden opened has been dramatic, with the Weeping Willows providing the biggest change.  They were just a few feet tall when planted and are now already substantial trees, providing shade and atmosphere.
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The early morning light was magic.
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The lake, glassy.
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The mood, serene.
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Almost no one was there yet, which made the garden all the better.
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Black bamboo.
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Bronze Loquat, Eriobotrya deflexa, there on the right.
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This pavilion, normally mobbed with visitors, finally had the contemplative quality it was meant to inspire.
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Is this upside down?
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Perchance to dream...
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A garden is at its best early in the morning. 


  1. Lovely garden. Japanese and Chinese gardens are something that is lacking in the UK.

    1. Interesting that the great British plant explorers of the 18th and 19th centuries brought back the plants, but not the garden style.

  2. Beautiful Chinese garden and you were so lucky there were not many visitors, a silent garden, lovely. The weeping willow and the early morning light make a magnificent mirror of the lake.

  3. Beautiful light, shadows and reflections, so many wonderful plants. Yes, early morning is the perfect time to be in a garden.
    xoxoxo ♡

    1. It was the first time I really appreciated the garden. Normally it is noisy and crowded, and sometimes very hot.

  4. So beautiful. One of my favorite places to visit in Portland was the Chinese Garden there.

    1. I hope to see the example in Portland myself one day.

  5. Perhaps work would make this impossible, but if you could ever come to the Huntington's Chinese Garden on Wednesday afternoons from 1-3, they have various musicians playing Chinese music in one of the pavilions alongside the lake. Very ethereal wafting across the lake!

  6. I'd be willing to bet the Portland Lan Su Garden will be on the Fling itinerary next year. The Huntington's looks lovely, and you were so lucky to see it when it was peaceful and not mobbed.

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    1. Thank you Sharon. It is a very beautiful garden and is inspiring.


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