I'm always a little apprehensive when I see a full grown Magnolia macrophylla such as this. My tree will be this large someday...
It turns out large specimens are what this garden is all about. From our handout: The Platt Garden was started from scratch in the 1940's by John and Jane Kerr Platt. This garden, originally an apple and cherry orchard, is known for its collection of species rhododendrons and a variety of witch hazels, two groups championed by John and Jane and, for the last 20 years, their son David*. The garden is known both as a collectors garden and for its ability to display specimens with an eye to the combination of color, texture, and size. After nearly 80 years, many of the older specimens can be seen in their fully mature form...Also enjoy the Pietro Belluschi-designed home nestled into this wonderful setting. *David and Lisa Platt are the garden's current owners.
The setting felt more like a park than a garden.
Here's a plant I am unfamiliar with...
Can anyone ID it?
Rhododendron pachysanthum, I believe.
I've no idea which rhododendron this is.
Their Paris polyphylla were planted in the sun. I looked around to see if maybe I'd just happened by during a brief bit of sun but no, they were in a very exposed spot. Interesting. I know this as a shade plant.
Now these are sun plants!
This agave and aloe seemed to be recent arrivals, still in their nursery pots. In a historic, upscale garden such as this I wondered what the story was. Someone on the tour dropped them off? They were meant to be planted up before the hordes arrived but missed?
So much lawn, and so green...
That's a perfect swinging tree!
Finally, I spotted this cool old wheelbarrow tucked away in a corner I probably wasn't supposed to be in. Deep shade accounts for the odd color of the photo. Isn't it fabulous!?
Weather Diary, Nov 24: Hi 51, Low 40/ Precip .16"
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