I played hookie--again. This was spontaneous hookie; I planned last week's hoookie several days in advance. (And, technically, neither was true hookie; I used my vacation time.)
Anyhow, last night, my soil science teacher invited some of us to accompany his introductory horticulture class on a field trip to Filoli. I'd never been. This place isn't my style at all (in fact, it's rather antithetical to my style), but whatever. When you live in the Bay Area and people find out you garden, it's always, "Have you been to Filoli? Oh my god, Filoli's so beautiful!" Filoli, Filoli, Filoli!
It is beautiful--if you like the relentless, aggressive structure of the formal garden. Me, not so much.
It was good to see a few things I've heard about many times over the years, especially the Camperdown elms.
Sooo, wanna see some pictures?
The front door.
Plantings around the entry courtyard.
Tulips and muscari in the...portico?
They sell (mostly unspectacular) plants in a courtyard behind the house. But this is lovely.
Now we'll just wander around if that's okay.
Easter tulip scene...
Hydrangea petiolaris. For whatever reason, this plant is rarely used in California. (But it's widely available on a seasonal basis and I have two in my garden.)
Tulips and erysimum (wallflower); I really like wallflower. The Bay Area has at least two or three native wallfowers; I have a terrible time getting them to grow in my garden.
This is very groovy. A celtic knot in plants.
Hard to take a picture of.
It should be planted under an overlook, of which there are many at Filoli, so it can be better appreciated.
They have little ones too.
I want all of us to try growing one of these, okay?
I saved the best for last.
Ulmus glabra 'Camperdownii'. If you're a plant lover who's never seen one of these in bloom, it's worth going out of your way for.
Really, one of horticulture's greatest aesthetic achievements. Hard to enjoy it with all these people around.
The canopy weeps down to the ground.
Actually, it doesn't end here.
We have more tulips.
Now I have to find something good to end with.
Cedrus atlantica glauca.