March 2017 Visit To The Huntington

Visiting The Huntington Library Is Always a Treat

We Leave The Desert And Head For The Sub Tropics (Page Two)

Did You Know? - The first garden established in 1904 by William Hertrich had natural springs that emerged from rocks on the Raymond Hill Fault. The solution to an unsightly gully in the southeast corner of the gardens, the four acres that make up the lily ponds were a perfect place to build two large and three small ponds. The pond water, which is circulated and recycled, is home to turtles, bullfrogs, Japanese koi, aquatic plants, and an occasional mallard family.

After centuries of cultivation, today's water lilies are a mixture of many cultivated kinds. They bloom in various hues from mid-spring through mid-autumn. Along the shores of the uppermost pond is the very same type of papyrus that was used to make writing paper in ancient Egypt.


Check the turtles sitting on the rocks in the center


The water was fairly warm having been in the sun for a couple of hours


Act like chickens!


The turtles were having a meeting of the minds


Careful... Don't fall in!


It's a turtle parade


The little guy was looking for a handout


He apparently enjoyed the people who were pointing at him!


The pond was beautiful in the bright sun


We thought he was a rock but alas, he began to move!


We heard "Chomp Chomp Chomp"


Enjoying the day...


The Koi were quite active!


It's a swarm of koi!


Where is my fishing pole?


The water plants are quite beautiful


The colors are so vibrant

Looks like a tropical island


Oops!


The flowering trees were magnificent!


Remember the bottle brush tree


Looked like a bottle brush

Did You Know? - Callistemon species have commonly been referred to as bottle brushes because of their cylindrical, brush like flowers resembling a traditional bottle brush.

They are mostly found in the more temperate regions of Australia, especially along the east coast and typically favor moist conditions so when planted in gardens thrive on regular watering. However, two species are found in Tasmania and several others in the south-west of Western Australia. At least some species are drought-resistant and some are used in ornamental landscaping elsewhere in the world.


Quite an amazing plant

Did You Know? - Both the flowers and leaves can be used to make an aromatic tea. The fresh blossoms do give a sweeter flavor than leaves. Aging the harvested leaves for two weeks helps as this breaks down the cell walls, allowing more of the flavorful compounds to escape into the tea. Flowers, being more delicate, do not benefit any from being aged and ideally are used fresh off the tree.

You can also use the leaves and flowers of the bottle brush tree similar in manner to bay or rosemary leaves. Add several to a sauce, stew, or roasting meat to add an exotic flavor.


Arctotis stoechadifolia, the African daisy or white arctotis, is a rare species of South African plants in the daisy family.


The bee's appear to love this plant


Time for a rest

Did You Know? - For over a century, the historic Japanese Garden has been one of the most beloved and iconic landscapes at The Huntington, with its distinctive moon bridge, picture-postcard views of koi-filled ponds and the historic Japanese House. Since the institution opened to the public in 1928, the Japanese Garden, has attracted more than 20 million visitors and remains a site of both fascination and contemplation.


Admiring the wisteria!


...and catching our breath after a long walk up the hill!


The wisteria was everywhere

Did You Know? - Wisteria (also spelled Wistaria or Wysteria) is a genus of flowering plants in the legume family, Fabaceae (Leguminosae), that includes ten species of woody climbing bines native to the Eastern United States and to China, Korea, and Japan. Some species are popular ornamental plants.


The bonsai fig still guards the entrance to the bonsai display


Green green green... But wait, it will turn yellow in a few months


Wisteria hangs outside the Japanese house


Almost done for the season

Did You Know? - Wisteria frutescens (American wisteria) twins clockwise as Wisteria floribunda (Japanese wisteria).


Across the ravine, the wisteria hangs on the path overhangs


The Camelia's are not totally blossoming out yet!

Did You Know? - The camellia plant is native to China, Japan and other parts of Asia. Its usual form is a large shrub, but you may also prune it to one or a few main stems, eventually producing a small tree. Camellias can be extraordinarily long-lived, with some specimens well over 200 years old. The plant's evergreen leaves are several inches wide and a deep, shiny green. Its showy flowers are 2 to 5 inches across and white, red, pink or variegated, depending on the variety. They appear from fall through spring, last for several weeks and have many petals and a form reminiscent of a rose or peony.

  • Tea oil made from camellia seeds is a popular and essential cooking oil for millions of people, especially those that live in southern China
  • Sacramento, California is nicknamed the Camellia City
  • The Camellia is Alabama‚Äôs state flower
  • Camellia represents adoration, devotion and loveliness
  • Camellia leaves have been used in Asian traditional herbal medicine


Pinks and reds.. Amazing


Sounds familiar


M-m-m-m-m-m


Sitting along the pathway and admiring the admirers


Itty bitty blossoms


Wow... Forty feet high and growing


The duck and goose nets were not up yet!


They add so much color to the lake


Very peaceful!


The tree is NOT dead... Just a little slow to greet Spring


The jasmine fragrance was overwhelming


More wisteria


Miniature red maple