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Friday I’m in Love: Clivias

This plant was new to me before coming to California but the camellia collection at Descanso Gardens is underplanted with a mass of them and they are spectacular. They are very expensive and I thought them out of my reach, but my gardener has a source…and voila! 

Clivias in the "woodland garden"Instant sunshine, even in the shady corners…

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Happiness Project: Descanso in November

November saw the opening of Descanso Gardens‘ Oak Woodland.

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Designed around the existing lake, the project aims to showcase the native landscape of the area, a mix of oaks and other trees, California meadow and chaparral plants.

Descanso Oak Garden montage | bellesideesThough still very young (most of the planting was done in March), the garden promises to be a wonderful resource for gardeners looking for inspiration for xeriscaping and native planting – a must in these drought-ridden times in California…Descanso Oak Meadow garden montage | bellesidees

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Friday I’m in Love: Horticultural Fireworks

 

I’m not normally a fan of chrysanths (mums)…years of working as a floristry assistant have trained me to think of them as mere filler. But these:IMG_0831

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…seen at Descanso Gardens this week, are something special!

 

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Happiness Project: Descanso in October

In October Descanso Gardens was taken over by The Rise of the Jack o’Lanterns.

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It meant the loss of access to the rose garden for a month and at first I was a bit peeved. But it was worth it after all…

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Friday I’m in Love: Scented Camellias

In Descanso Gardens last week I was distracted by a wonderful fragrance. After following my nose for a while (much to Lovely Man’s amusement) I homed in on these:IMG_0759

Gorgeous!

Guess what is going to be incorporated into my next planting scheme…

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Descanso in September

Harvest time…and pickings for all 🙂IMG_0750

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Descanso in August

Not just flowers!
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