Sherman Gardens Visit

 Sherman Gardens in Corona del Mar had holiday decorations still in place when we visited on the 27th.  
California icicles:
 Good for a little dance:

 The last time I was here this area currently occupied by conifers was filled with blooming Dahlias.  It's nice this way, too. 
  Gerhard of Succulents and More was visiting SoCal.  We also met up with Denise from A Growing Obsession.  
Bloggers in habitat analyzing a variegated Schleffera.
photo by Beloved:
 Bloggers in the lath house admiring the Begonias.
photo by Beloved:
The day was warm and gorgeous.  After several attempts over the years, I finally got satisfactory photographs of the succulent tapestry bed, thanks to the lower angle of the winter sun (and a lot of practice). 
 So perfectly manicured. 

 Every plant happy in this mild climate. 
 Aloe ferox was in bloom:
 The long shadows of winter on a warm December day created a hazy glow.

A very early blooming Leucospermum:




 Time spent with friends and Dear Husband on a sunny day--nothing better than that.
 May your New Year be beautiful!

Comments

  1. HB, Thanks for sharing these beautiful pictures, those succulent beds look so perfect, it's like a painting! and I loved the last pic: a Camellia! Wish you a wonderful new year!

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    1. Right by the coast the Camellias do really, really well. Isn't that one a beauty? The succulent bed looked like it had just been cleaned--it was so perfect.

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  2. What a special place. I had high expectations, maybe unreasonably high, but I was NOT disappointed. The summer tapestry alone was worth the drive. And hanging with all you made it unforgettable.

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    1. Happy you enjoyed it! We had a great time--such a beautiful day, and the garden was so meticulously cared for.

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  3. Happy 2018 to you as well! Thank you for sharing your gorgeous pictures! I'll have to go see that succulent bed in person this year.

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    1. It's well worth a visit--hope you can get there to enjoy it. :)

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  4. I had to laugh at the pink flamingo tree. I used to detest those plastic ornaments but they do make amusing Christmas decorations - a Florida gardener showed her neighbor's flamingos wearing Santa hats, which were funny too. I'm going to drag some of my local friends to Sherman Gardens this quarter, even if they go kicking and screaming. (I'm sure they'll enjoy it once there!) The Leucospermum photo is perfect. There are buds on 2 of my plants this year so fingers are crossed.

    Happy new year!

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    1. I like Flamingos pulling Santa's sled. The leader of course must have a red beak. :-)

      Good news on your Leucospermum buds--fingers crossed.

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  5. Love the tapestries and that flamingo tree is awesome!

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  6. That's one happy Camellia! May we thrive in this year as it's doing at SG. Photo

    That shot of the shade on the tile path from pergolas and lath is wonderful. Thanks for taking us along on your visit, and happy new year to all.

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  7. You've already made my New Year beautiful, excellent job on the succulent bed!
    What a nice way to meet up and spend a day.

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    1. Yes it was a great time. Glad you liked the post!

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  8. that gentle winter sun light makes wonderful photos.

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