I recently posted a story about the Camellia Show at Descanso Gardens. The show was a side trip; my real reason for visiting the gardens was to see the spring flowers. I was a bit early but still found a few lovely blossoms.
The elusive tulip
By March the tulips should be coming into bloom. As it was, I found one in late February!
On previous years, I almost missed the tulips because I left things too late. This time I managed to see one. It isn’t easy to get the timing right. I was, however, on time for the daffodils. I found clusters of them along the path and near the creek.
Most of the garden looked a bit bare and wintery. The trees had no leaves; the roses hadn’t yet started growing again. All looked somber, except for this one stray rose.
I left the flowers beds and headed toward the oak forest.
As I continued east, I forgot about the oaks because I was distracted by the camellias. I read somewhere that Descanso Gardens has the largest collection of camellias in North America. And they are blooming!
I don’t know much about camellias, but I do know I like the soft pink color in the above image.
As I wandered the twists and turns of the camellia grove, I discovered flowers everywhere. I found the best ones tucked inside the bush, away from the path. If I was lucky, the sunlight hit the flower just right.
Not all the flowers were on the branches. Some were past their prime, and I found them on the ground. I thought they were pretty, too.
As you can tell, I had great fun with these flowers. I hope some of them are still in bloom.
- Descanso Gardens has a great website. Use it to find out what is blooming when you plan your visit.
- There are many areas in the gardens, and you can easily spend the day there.
- Food is available at the cafe near the entrance.
- The gardens are family-friendly, although little ones may get bored if you spend too much time looking at one flower.
- It is a great place for photographers.
To see more images from my garden adventure, please click here.