Garden Bloggers Foliage Day – November 2013

For this month’s Garden Bloggers Foliage Day I am inspired by a recent visit to a public garden in southern California.  With more than a dozen themed gardens the Huntington Botanical Gardens in San Marino near Pasadena features more than 14,000 different plant varieties. I deliberately left my camera at home so I could just enjoy the adventure, but I pulled out my camera phone at the last minute to snap a few images.

During my half-day visit it was impossible to see the entire 120 acres of landscaped gardens, but the recently renovated Japanese Garden was at the top of my list. There was a beautiful ceremonial teahouse, a Japanese House, a Zen Garden and of course, water. The pond featured a charming  moon bridge. The bonsai display was extensive. In this image the golden colored group of Ginkgo biloba enhances the view.

Bonsai in Japanese Garden, Huntington Botanical Gardens

Bonsai in Japanese Garden, Huntington Botanical Gardens

Other gardens I visited were the Camellia Garden, Chinese Garden, Conservatory, Herb Garden, Shakespeare Garden and Rose Garden. That means someday I must return to see the Australian, Children’s, Desert, Jungle, Lily Ponds, Palm and Subtropical Gardens.

Camellias were planted along a wooded walk that separated the Japanese and Chinese Gardens. The blooms were gorgeous but what stood out is that with each step I was aware of the intoxicating fragrance of the camellias and certainly I must add more Camellias to my own garden.

The Herb Garden was unexpectedly interesting with some rich fall foliage displays and pomegranates on the trees.

Herb Garden

Herb Garden

Herb Garden

Herb Garden

Pomegranate (Punica granatum)

Pomegranate (Punica granatum)

Walking to the car I had to stop to get pictures of a Gardenia cornuta we just happened to pass. It featured elongated, oval green hips surrounded by glossy, deep green leaves. A few of the gardenia hips had colored to a chocolate brown.

Hips on Gardenia cornuta

Hips on Gardenia cornuta

Hips on Gardenia cornuta

Hips on Gardenia cornuta

Hips on Gardenia cornuta

Hips on Gardenia cornuta

Thanks to Christina for hosting GBFD on the 22nd of each month. Visit her at Garden of the Hesperides to discover what foliage displays she and other garden bloggers are featuring today.

23 thoughts on “Garden Bloggers Foliage Day – November 2013

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Isn’t it a great garden? The weather was so gorgeous the day we were there. I hadn’t thought about what it must be like at other times. There was a lot of serious construction going on in the Chinese garden, making it pretty noisy, but I agree it was lovely.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Judy, if we had forty gardeners, a curatorial staff of seven, and more than 100 volunteers taking care of our gardens it would look like milk and honey too!

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  1. Christina

    Hi Susie, the foliage in the Herb garden is beautiful and those hips on the Gardenia’s are interesting, do you plants have hips? I’m not so keen on Bonsai but the ones you featured are dispayed beautifully especially with the Ginkgo. Thanks for joining GBFD this month.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      I’m not sure but don’t think the temperature changes that much during winter in that part of California, but they do get some winter rain. Actually there were also Iris and Delphinium blooming too! (On the other hand It was 27F the morning we flew there from the East coast.)

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Marion, it was great–a clear lovely day, about 70F. I showed only a fraction of the bonsai on display–each one was so interesting but not enough time to linger.

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  2. Pauline

    Such lovely colours from the Gingko and beautiful contrast of colours and textures in the Herb Garden. The hips on the Gardenia are amazing, do they change colour as well?

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Hi Pauline. There wasn’t a lot of autumn color in California so the Gingkos were especially nice. I saw a couple of the gardenia hips that had changed to a rich sienna color. Don’t know if they transition to other colors in-between. Your colors are amazing this month. Susie

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  3. Janet/Plantaliscious

    I love that herb garden, and I have never seen bonsai displayed like that before. Smart idea to leave your camera behind, it is so easy to get lost in trying capture what is in front of you that you can forget to actually “see” it yourself.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      I agree Janet about the camera. My impulse to get a good picture takes over and alters the experience. Sometimes that’s ok but on this trip it was good to just appreciate the garden’s offerings and, as you say, actually see it. Have a good weekend. Susie

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  4. bittster

    More gardenia hips… to think that just a few weeks ago I didn’t even know they existed! I always love the look of grapes and other fruits in a fall garden. To me it just looks bountiful for the season.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      I thought those gardenia hips were so different from the ones on my bushes, so had to get a picture! I agree with you fruits (and berries) make the season stronger. Thanks for your comment. Susie

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