Into The Heat We Go At The Huntington (Page One)
We had planned to go to the Huntington over a month ago and did a wave off so we established today's day as "Tea Time". We didn't know it would be so hot so we have a strategy... Have tea, walk the Oriental gardens, and then go indoors to cool off.
If all goes according to the forecast, it will be 90 degrees when we arrive!
We Are Headed For Tea First Thing!
OK... It was just in the high 90's and there was a small breeze!
The research building is probably cool as the walls are quite think
Water tolerant grass was planted at the entrance
We stayed on the paved paths for the most part
A UFO landed... It was a donation and we can see why?
The blue pine was lazy... Just sitting on the ground!
We have to admit... We took an electric vehicle to the Tea Room
only because we were a little late getting there
We arrived eight minutes late but they know us so we were OK
We always make reservation well ahead of time
The buffet was, as usual, quite nice
Joanna always makes the visit special!
Always a smile and she knows we love the chocolate chip scones
(We cheated... This picture is from 2013)
The Tea Room Lion bids us a safe trip!
The gardens were enjoying the heat
We love the "Kitchen Garden"... Herbs everywhere
The Sunflower is just about to come out of hiding
Looks like butter
OK... Where is the water?
Queen Anne's Lace ... It is actually a wild carrot!
Did You Know? - Queen Anne's Lace, like the cultivated carrot, has a root that is edible while young, but it quickly becomes too woody to consume.
Extra caution should be used when collecting it because it bears a close resemblance to poison hemlock. In addition, the leaves of the wild carrot can cause phytophotodermatitis, so caution should also be used when handling the plant. It has also been used as a method of contraception and an abortifacient for centuries.
If used as a dyestuff, the flowers give a creamy, off-white color.
When freshly cut, will draw or change color depending on the color of the water in which it is held. This effect is only visible on the "head" or flower of the plant. Carnations also exhibit this effect. This occurrence is a popular science demonstration in primary grade school.
The tree ruled the garden with a magnificent display of flowers
You must just love Mother Nature
The Rose Garden trellace divides the herbs from the roses
You could almost hear the bees visiting the flowers
Listen carefully! (Click and hold on the picture above)
Plants can be strange...
The day was perfect for a leisurely walk even with the heat