Pasadena Rose Parade Floats

Pasadena Rose Parade Floats

New Year’s Day and Pasadena are synonymous, which results in crowds camping overnight, lining the streets, and preparing to see the granddaddy of parades.  The Rose Parade, like much of Pasadena, is

Descanso Gardens, Portal to the Past

Descanso Gardens, Portal to the Past

I made the short drive to Descanso Gardens in hope of seeing some tulips or daffodils.  I hadn’t given up on finding these flowers that I associate with spring.  The weather was warm, pushing into the 80 degree mark and the sky was hazy and brown.  As I drove along I began to doubt the wisdom of the trip.  Perhaps I was already too late.  Had I missed spring?

Descanso is located in La Canada Flintridge, just to the northwest of Pasadena.  The garden isn’t the well-manicured type like The Huntington.  My destination garden has a relaxed feel.  You won’t find pristine lawns and 18th century statues here.  What I did find was