Please try to get to the Huntington in the next few days if you can. Why?
More pix on my blog pieceofeden.blogspot.com, but go see it yourself if you can!
Thaqnk you so much for sharing. I'll try to go next weekend. Taxes:(
I wonder how the Chinese garden turned out?
This post was edited by prickles on Sun, Apr 13, 14 at 13:31
I only wish that I could....but thanks for those photos so I can enjoy the peak bloom long-distance. OMG, the roses there are fantastic!! (Now I'm off to your blog site to drool over more.) Thank you,
FYI Descanso Free day is Tuesday
Wowsers!!!!!!! That is just glorious.
Perhaps someone with scientific knowledge can explain it, but in my garden, and obviously at the Huntington, and also at the Sac Cemetery Historic rose garden, all of the roses are blooming at once, and are blooming more than normal.
Anita commented yesterday at the Cemetery that roses which are usually not blooming yet at the date of the Open Garden were in full bloom along with the others. In my garden, roses which have struggled are suddenly blooming massively. I have been trying to work in the garden, but keep being distracted by seeing things I need to take pictures of.
Does anyone have an explanation? We had 13 months with no rain, then 2 months with an average of 2-3 inches a week. Then the sun came out and has stayed out for the last 2 weeks. My roses were dormant, but of course sprang to life with the first rains, and were blooming within what seemed like a few days. They are all exploding with bloom now.
Direct link to hoovb's Huntington Rose Garden In Full Spring Bloom blog post below.
A gracious and appreciated caveat emptor from the post for those in more challenging climates:
"Disease is not an overwhelming problem in Southern California's warm dry climate."
Here is a link that might be useful: Huntington Rose Garden In Full Spring Bloom
However, Cecile Brunner is fabulous elsewhere as well.
Love your detailed blog! Hopefully I'll get to the Huntington soon.
That was fabulous !! Thank you so much for sharing with us, what an overwhelming display !! I hope someday to be there in person . Someday ...:)
In the summers of 2008 and 2009, I was lucky enough to be taking a teacher ed class at the Huntington during the summer. Going there five days a week for several weeks was like commuting to paradise.
I hope to get over there in the next ten days or so. Need to work in a trip to the high desert too -- poppies in bloom.
So much beauty, so little time,
Jackie. I have been wondering about what was up with the roses too.
I was at the Huntington on Sat. for a rose tour with Tom Carruth, curator of the rose collection at the Huntington. The roses were incredible. I was just there about 3 weeks ago and only a few blooms in sight so was surprised to see the garden in full bloom.
hoovb, the pictures on your blog are superb! The rose garden looks amazing and your photos seem to have been taken from the best vantage points. Thanks so much for this post. Truly a superabundance of roses this year.
I made it out to the Huntington with my mother today. It was gorgeous indeed!
The roses were almost all with at least a handful of blooms, especially the Teas and Chinas. I forgot to take many pictures, but I was jotting down notes on roses and other plants the whole time. We came across quite a few things that made it to the "Future Possibilities" list. Sheila MacQueen, Lady Emma Hamilton, and Lucetta in particular made a lasting impression on my mom.
The one plant that made the biggest impression on us was the apricot flowering Pomegranate in the Shakespeare Garden. Just incredible. Has anyone ever seen such a Pomegranate available in SoCal? Here's a picture that in no way does justice to the impact of the whole tree.
Jay, I took photos of an apricot flowering pom at Descanso too. Let me know if you find that plant
Look what I found
Here is a link that might be useful: L E Cooke
Good sleuthing Kippy!
I found this yesterday but I'm not sure if this is the right cultivar.
Here is a link that might be useful: Apricot Pom
My neighbor also has one of those flowering pomegranates. It's a beautiful shrub and super easy care. There are a few different cultivars out there.
I'm happy people enjoyed the pictures.
My flush began in March and some are reblooming now and some that bloomed all at once have no blooms at all now. I finished pruning in early January and most of them began new growth almost immediately so there was no dormancy. Because they were obviously growing I watered and fed so they all just picked up where they left off. And that five inches of rain we had two months ago didn't hurt.
Sorry to post about this again, but I think I found the culprit, Kippy.
This appears to be the cultivar I saw at the Huntington. Double, Apricot blooms as opposed to peach, variegated coral/salmon, or orange I have been finding in non-red pom cultivar searches. And unlike the previous link I had, this cultivar would actually be able to be shipped to California.
Here is a link that might be useful: Correct Apricot Pom
Wow thanks Jay. I am going to check and see if any of the locals carry it or can get it in
Are any of you going to the plant sale? Last year they had some nice things and this year there will be roses that were budded just for the Huntington. Members can shop Fri and Sat and then it's open to everyone on Sun.
Beautiful pictures Hoovb ! I wonder if they had someone out taking images for postcards.
I talked for a while to the artist sculpting the cement work back in Nov. He's so nice. I'm glad they are giving the rose garden some TLC now. What a transformation the garden has had. The new Chinese garden areas are lovely too. I just hope they don't build big structures over all the open spaces as time goes by.