In April and May, the slow windup that begins in late Winter culminates in a glorious explosion of color, texture and scent. Which means it's a great time to have visitors. We've had a number of lovely tour groups visit us, and while we were at it we threw a big birthday party. Our wonderful friend David has already so eloquently captured the day in prose and photos on his blog that we'll just let him tell the story. He even got pictures of the food (provided by the always amazing Gale's Restaurant in Pasadena) and adds a receipe! Click here to read David's blog post.
After everyone left we took a few more shots which really do little justice to how the Gardens have clothed themselves this year…
Flora reviewing her "troops:" narcissus, foxgloves, jasmine, Heather Lenkin roses, Sally Holmes climbing roses…
The Madonna Garden: understated color allows structure and texture to shine.
Our clematis has finally taken off, framing this lovely alcove.
The view down from Heaven (the highest point on the property).
Even the Infirmary area made for an intimate corner to chat.
King Alfred daffodils stand at attention as Princess Mini leads the way.
The Heather Lenkin Rose in all her glory!
As always, there are plenty of additional pictures on our Flickr page.