Descanso in May: continued

There was a lot to see in Descanso besides roses last month. The tulips have been replaced with a colorful combination of daisies…zinnias, osteospermums and marguerites:
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A wonderful combo of silver and pinks:
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Love these rustic obelisks!
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And these arches:
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This beautiful magnolia was flowering in amongst the oaks.
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And aren’t these seeds heads adorable?
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Descanso in April

More technical issues this month, but I did manage to make one successful trip…

I fell in love with some new trees. This (I think) is the redbud I photographed before, now in full leaf.

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A strawberry tree in the entrance courtyard.

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This is a magnolia, I think. Just beautiful.

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A huge bottle-brush tree by the Bird Observation Station.

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And I was captivated by the tulip tree outside the Boddy House.

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Descanso In January

I only made it to Descanso Gardens once in January, but that hour was worth it. I believe I can officially call it spring! There are shoots peeping out and blossom beginning to show, even alongside reminders of winter.

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It had rained the night before so the camellias and magnolias were a little battered, but I just love their slightly artificial-looking flowers.

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One of my favourite places to visit is the small kitchen garden, Nature’s Table. There is always something to spark my interest. This month I was taken by the rainbow chard whose glossy green leaves contrast beautifully with the greyish-green of the artichoke. And the coloured stems look like fireworks!

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And I love the weathered forms they use to collect leaves. Look at the way the peas have been trained around this one. Pretty, AND practical…my kind of garden!

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The Center [sic] Circle has recently been redone as a California meadow. Although it’s tiny, it sparked the germ of an idea for the most difficult part of our garden…of which more later…

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Do you have a favourite place to take photos? Where do you go for inspiration?