Friday, June 1, 2012
The Heroes Garden at Pepperdine University
Last Friday afternoon we arrived at LAX and were met by my brother-in-law, Phillip. We took the scenic route to his home in Fillmore, CA, traveling up the Pacific Coast Highway and stopping at Pepperdine University in Malibu. Phillip is a Law Librarian at Pepperdine, I was happy to finally put an eye on this school with the important name, all the better that I got to ogle the ocean and fantastic plantings as we drove up the coast.
created to honor the memory of Americans who lost their lives to terrorists on 9-11-01, and particularly to honor Pepperdine alumnus Thomas E. Burnett, Jr., who died on Flight 93."
What a beautiful place. The infinity edge pond of the garden meets the Pacific Ocean, meets the sky.
And who doesn’t love a fabulous rill?
I believe this is my long standing crush, Callistemon 'Little John'…
Echiums, lovely Echiums. Echium candicans, Pride of Madeira I believe.
Even the faded bloom spikes are beautiful. I hope my pink blooming spikes fade out like this.
The foliage has a California tint to it.
Moving on from the garden proper and exploring the nearby landscape this site made my heart skip a beat. This same planting was once in my front garden. Then arctic winters took it away.
Look at that Phormium! It glows….
California lilacs (Ceanothus)…
Having left the garden and about to enter the library this scene stopped me, look at those Kangaroo Paws (Anigozanthos)! Just growing like nobody’s business…like they don’t have a care in the world…
Oh to be able to live like this.
Look at the strange growth on this Phormium, it looks like a bloom that later sprouted leaves, can they do that?
And look at this tree! I want to call it a Baja Fairy Duster (Calliandra californica) but the foliage isn’t quite right.
Finally something that easily grows at home, Dwarf Mondo Grass (Ophiopogon japonicus ‘Nana’) growing between pavers…