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!

A lone tulip was blooming on the day of my visit

A lone tulip was blooming on the day of my visit

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.

Clusters of daffodils in the morning sun.

Clusters of daffodils in the morning sun.

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.

A single rose left from the winter pruning

A single rose left from the winter pruning

I left the flowers beds and headed toward the oak forest.

Camellias

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!

A pink camellia at Descanso Gardens

A pink camellia at Descanso Gardens

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.

A red camellia tucked away in the shade catches some sun.

A red camellia, tucked away in the shade, catches some sun.

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.

Fallen camellia on the ground at Descanso Gardens

Fallen camellia on the ground at Descanso Gardens

As you can tell, I had great fun with these flowers.  I hope some of them are still in bloom.

Tips

  • 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.

 

 

 

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