Ohhhhh Annie! You have me in tears! I saw the post title and knew what it'd be about, so the tears came right away.How'd you know all my favourites?! That mag, for example - it's to die for, eh? Is it M. soulangeana 'Elizabeth'?And the perfect, PERFECT, red Camellia japonica...my God - I HAVE TO move to a country where I can grow Camellias! And then there's the pink "crinkly" one that's just soooo romantic. Utter perfection.And then, just when I thought it couldn't get better, you hit me with my all time favourite - Clematis armandii - bless!It must have been wonderful at Filoli, but was there not many visitors? Who was there? Did you go up and say hi to the staff? Or wait, you were there on the weekend, eh?Oh Annie - thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!!! I was truly crying when viewing the pics the first time, I want to go back so badly.BIG hugs and kisses,Emma
This appears to have been a sweet gesture. Kudos... But I loved the last ones... Rosa Bank roses maybe? hmmm I didn't knwo that clematis came in soft colors like that... you learn something new...
Emma I'm sorry you couldn't be there to see it for yourself - this is the first time I've been there this early in the spring, the tulips and the orchards were just starting to bloom. The magnolias were amazing, I"m not sure if that one is "Elizabeth", I'm bad at my plant names now if they're not invasive species ;)And I spent FOREVER trying to get that shot of that red camellia. It was a cold gray drizzly day (great light for taking pictures, believe it or not) and the only people there were mostly touring the daffodil meadow or on some sort of camellia tour - apparently Filoli is now on some sort of national historic camellia list so they have people coming just for the camellias. And they were amazing. Someday I am going to have them in my garden too. But seriously, it was empty until you got to the top corner and then there were people all over. It was weird.It was a weekend so I didn't see any staff around or I would have said hi. Although we did see some of Lucy's chickens! Next time you are in the states you have to go!Catherine, thanks so much for commenting, I'm not sure which ones look like roses to you but most of them are probably camellias because it is still too early for roses at Filoli. And clematis comes in some beautiful pale shades, you should check them out, they're not too hard to grow!
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