Friday, July 6, 2012
Huntington Garden Fridays...
I find when I’m set free in a huge botanical garden I go quite camera crazy *click*click*click* what starts out as abundant joy ends as a chore, as I attempt to weed through the hundreds of photos I've taken.
Yes I could deal with this by taking fewer pictures, and I’m going to try to do that in the future, however in the mean time I have our recent visit to the Huntington Gardens to work through. Instead of trying to edit down my 360 photos to a cohesive and manageable post I’ve decided to have “Huntington Gardens Friday” for the entire month of July.
This was my second visit to the Huntington (read all about this magical place here), this time after we entered instead of immediately visiting the Desert Garden we headed to the Children’s Garden (you can imagine how hard this was for me!). Since we’d stopped at Potted the rest of the family was already there…we needed to touch base with them before I could explore the desert, fortunately anywhere you walk at the Huntington you’re going to see amazing things…
Look at those tall tree ferns!
And these Giant Bird-of-Paradise (Strelitzia nicolai). Aren’t they beautiful?
To enter the Children’s Garden we went through the Conservatory for Botanical Science.
I took a few pictures, but most of the plants weren’t labeled, or the foliage had grown so lush that the labels were hidden.
I do know however that this one is a Cecropia obtusifolia.
And this is an epiphytic blueberry relative, Ceratostema rauhii, from Peru.
The new leaves on this fern were so finely cut…
Another epiphyte, Tillandsia usneoides, or Spanish Moss.
Finally we met up with the rest of the gang and I was surprised to see how many really cool plants were growing in a garden designed for kids. There were plenty of activities for them to run around and jump on, plus several where they learned a bit while working off some energy. But also lots for the plant loving grown-ups to enjoy.
There were lots of lizards zipping around too! Who doesn’t love lizards (as long as they’re not in my house)…
I did love this combination. Even the lavender daisy-like flowers looked good!
Leucadendron argenteum (Silver Tree), a little girl watched me petting the soft petals of this plant (really I couldn’t stop myself) and so she started doing it too.
I wandered a bit off limits and investigated the teaching greenhouse, there were several cool plants and lots of chairs for a future class, but no teaching going on.
Next week we’ll visit the Succulent Greenhouse (closed on my previous Huntington visit) and start our walk through the Desert Garden…