So as I drive home, I will endeavor to keep my eyeballs straight and not to tire myself out with all of this seeing and looking but that’s truly how I memorize plants and I put a lot of energy into it. Today’s Halloween though, and it’s the day I head north again, so wish me luck as I enter back into the sphere of plant life I am familiar with already. I have a lifetime to learn about Californian plants and I will just have to accept that it will take that long to learn them.
Quarryhill Botanical Garden was the first stop on our California trek. Located in Glen Ellen (CA) it is one of the pre-eminent Asian botanical gardens in the United States. If you have not heard of it, be sure to check out the link above. I would have written more, but this trip is keeping me very busy.
Enjoy the images below and I am so sorry there are not more at this time. We were talking a lot to a friend of my husband’s about all kinds of wine vine, plant, and horticultural topics so my mind was happily swimming in the mire of words when I should have been snapping pictures.
We left for Seattle later today than expected for our annual pilgrimage north for the Northwest Flower and Garden Show. Though possible snow is forecast for later in the week, there is no way I was going to miss this last big outing with my husband before he leaves for his vineyard work in California.
As always, the pollarded trees and the architecture at one of the largest paper pulp companies in the world did not disappoint. This is where your visit begins.
|Weyerhaeuser Corporate Offices, Federal Way (WA)|
At the entrance is this Rhododendron sinogrande. I broke down and bought one because I have wanted one for so long. They have very large leaves and grow well in our climate.
Once in the garden we found these huge Magnolia leaves all over. There is something sometimes so Jurassic about this place. When I say that I like Dr Seussian designs, this is what I mean. I love that awkward unreal feeling of holding a leaf like this in my hand!
|No. I did not draw on my finger. I have a tattoo for a wedding ring.|
The irony of this scene is not lost to anyone familiar with the timber industry. This is part of the garden and it has been planted. As a child I played in a huge mass of roots similar to these and I find this scene very homey in a way.
|Adiantum venustum en masse.|
I only made it as far as the hothouse at the Pacific Rim Bonsai collection but I was not disappointed.
More from the show tomorrow!