Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Descanso Gardens

For more than 40 years I have talked about visiting Descanso Gardens and it finally happened.

The grounds were covered in thousands of tulips in varying stages of bloom.

Tucked throughout the tulip beds were a variety of flowers ready to take over when the tulips are finished for the season.

The tulips were the main attraction, but the diversity of flowers was wonderful.

In the southern California drought,

seeing so much color and greenery

 was wonderful.

The Japanese garden was spectacular

and the variety of trees

surprised me.

Little creatures seem to enjoy the gardens -

my friend captured squirrels and bunnies,

but I had to settle for ladybugs

and busy bees.

I've already talked to my sister about meeting me at the gardens next month

mainly because I missed out on riding the train.

Thanks for coming along on my visit to Descanso Gardens.


Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

There is something so enchanting, EVERY YEAR, about a fully bloomed garden. It is to me, the elixir for youth because every year, I seem to feel younger. I do. I think nature has a way of rejuvenating not just itself, but us, when we see with new eyes. This is a spectacular place, never heard of it, but I know that a well-manicured California garden can hold such magic. Oh Carol, I can't wait for SPRING here!

Karen Ann said...

We've had an unusually cold and snowy winter here in New England, and nearing the end of March, temps are still in the 30's in the morning, 40's during the day. Our Spring is slow to come, your photos are so welcome!

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Wow, what a wonderful garden! Thanks for sharing and have fun when you get to ride that train. :-)

Happy Easter ~ FlowerLady

Stacey said...

What a wonderful place to spend a day! My husband and I love public gardens and seek them out when we go places. I always joke that I'd like to die and come back as a squirrel or bird in one of those gardens. :)

ANNE said...

How beautiful! thanks for the touch of spring!!

bobbie said...

Tulip heaven!! Yes, you must go back and ride the train!
Thanks for sharing the essence of spring!

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

Oh Carol, the gardens are stunning. I haven't been there for over 50 years and I have been wanting to go. I will have to make a trip up there soon.

My n-laws had a beautiful home in La Canada and would go by the garden to get to their home. My mil had a beautiful garden also.

Thanks so much for sharing and bringing back some great memories that I had forgotten about.

Wishing you and yours a blessed Easter.


Patti @ Pandoras Box said...

so pretty - we still have snow on the ground so these photos gave me hope for spring!!

Connie said...

Absolutely stunning and I love that they have a train. Most gardens only have walking paths. It's nice to see that the elderly and the disabled can go there and enjoy the gardens, too. Tulips are one of my all time favorite flowers and this year it looks like I am going to have a fine display:) Thanks for sharing, Carol, your posts are always so enjoyable.
Connie :)

Junkchiccottage said...

Oh how beautiful Carol. How sweet to see all the beautiful flowers in this garden. I needed to see something like this today. It is a rain filled day and so gloomy here. So thank you for taking us along.
Happy Easter.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Beautiful! I love gardens and this one is stunning.

Carla said...

Wow What beautiful colors. Almost puts your sensories in overload. Thanks for sharing.

Susie said...

Carol, What a wonderful place. I can just imagine what the air smelled like. I bet it was amazing. I would love to see the same garden month after month, to see what would take the place of anything dying out. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

Ricki Treleaven said...

Your photography is so beautiful! I do love the tour of the gardens...and I've always been drawn to Japanese gardens! The ruffled tulips are spectacular!

NanaDiana said...

OMGOSH---What GREAT pictures...they are just beautiful. I love it when everything bursts forward and puts on its spring show. That won't happen here until May sometime. Darn it! xo Diana

Pam Richardson said...

Carol, I love visiting gardens and what a treat this one is! The tulips are stunning! So much beauty to take in!

Cindy Canzoneri said...

Thanks for posting. I had heard that the cherry blossoms were a little late this year, but it looks like they are definitely ready. Can’t wait to go!

Jackie and Joel Smith said...

Just a fabulous post and a day brightener. We've been covered with blowing dust from Africa and rain from wherever - I am ready for some bright blooms!

Brenda Pruitt said...

When I was out running errands today, I drove through Woodward Park where I love to take photos. But not much is growing yet, so I'll take my camera back another day. Lovely photos!

Kim said...

LOVE this post! It's just the dose of color and spring I need. Thanks for sharing your sunshine.

Kim said...

You took beautiful pictures! I live in La Canada and visit the gardens often! All the colors make me smile! Glad you had a good time!

Rita C. said...

Carol, this is so beautiful to see -thank you for sharing. I hope you'll also share at the Spring & Easter Joys link party I'm co-hosting this weekend, now through Monday. Your home spring touches are to die for, and I hope you'll share those too. It's so nice to see spring through the regions, and ours seems to be coming later this year, so it makes California's that much more delightful.
Happy Easter, my friend. Look for a package coming your way sometime next week. :)

Melanie said...

What beautiful gardens! I'm glad you got a chance to visit. We have the Chicago Botanical Gardens in a town about 40 min from us, and we haven't visited in 29 years. I think I'll put that on our spring/summer day trip list. We also have a beautiful Japanese garden that we visited a few years ago in the summer. I would love to go back in the fall for that one.

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Renee said...

Beautiful. I love to visit places like that. We have a garden in our area we go to.

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At Rivercrest Cottage said...

Beautiful photos and beautiful flowers. We're still dormant here in NE Texas, but hoping we'll green up soon.

Jen Kershner said...

Such perfect inspiration for my garden planning session this weekend!!

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