This is it! The last and final installation of my report on the 2013 Garden Bloggers Fling. For the previous posts, see: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4. By the time we reached Filoli, it was sweltering outside. It was halfway through my explorations of the enormous grounds that my camera either got overheated or overexcited, coughed, and died. But not before snapping a few blown-out pictures. Below is what I was able to salvage.
Some kind of tricolor fuchsias near the gift shop.
You know I love a good vine-covered wall.
The gardens are very formal. Even these annual geraniums were planted in perfectly straight rows.
Hydrangeas, of course. The feeling was almost that of an English manor.
Pears growing in the orchard.
There was quite an extensive rose garden, as well as a cutting garden, conservatory and bonsai pavilion.
Zinnias in another formal hedged border.
Before I did anything else at Filoli, I stopped in the gift shop and bought a hat. I hadn’t even thought to bring mine. Perhaps my favorite part of the whole experience, though, was finding two Hydnophytum for sale. I had been mentioning ant plants all weekend long as an example of the kind of strange things I was into, and here they were! Normally, you’ve got to mail order something like this. So I jumped at the chance to buy two Filoli-grown ant plants of my own. Both came home with me. Unfortunately, I didn’t snap a picture of them at the time. I’ll get some up eventually.
The Fling continued through Sunday, and at the end of it all I had made some amazing new friends, both of the human and plant variety. I can’t wait for next year in Portland. Until then, we’ve all got our blogs to keep us going. Happy growing!