WINTER 2016

February 

 A "Mid-Pride" peach tree is the first to bloom in the stone fruit orchard. This variety is the best yellow freestone for warmer winter climates. Its also known for exceptional flavor and dessert quality.

A "Mid-Pride" peach tree is the first to bloom in the stone fruit orchard. This variety is the best yellow freestone for warmer winter climates. Its also known for exceptional flavor and dessert quality.

 Clarke's White Flowering Quince profusely blooms to signal the approaching Spring. Branches are often harvested with unopened flowers, and brought inside to open and brighten the late winter days.

Clarke's White Flowering Quince profusely blooms to signal the approaching Spring. Branches are often harvested with unopened flowers, and brought inside to open and brighten the late winter days.

 Forsythia adds a dramatic flair even before Spring begins.

Forsythia adds a dramatic flair even before Spring begins.

 Jonquil Narcissus along the Kitchen Garden path are extremely fragrant and are related to Daffodils and Paperwhites

Jonquil Narcissus along the Kitchen Garden path are extremely fragrant and are related to Daffodils and Paperwhites

 Mature 5' tall Red Flowering Quince blooms in the wood

Mature 5' tall Red Flowering Quince blooms in the wood

 Naturalized Winter flowering Snow Drops (Galanthus) add interest along the path of the small wood near the Kitchen Garden.

Naturalized Winter flowering Snow Drops (Galanthus) add interest along the path of the small wood near the Kitchen Garden.

 Red Baron Peach - a richly flavored yellow freestone fruit.

Red Baron Peach - a richly flavored yellow freestone fruit.

 Profuse, showy, double pink flowers on a Double Jewel yellow freestone peach tree.

Profuse, showy, double pink flowers on a Double Jewel yellow freestone peach tree.


March

 A Flavor King Pluot tree is flanked by Fay Elberta and O'Henry Peach trees in the stone fruit orchard.

A Flavor King Pluot tree is flanked by Fay Elberta and O'Henry Peach trees in the stone fruit orchard.

 Descanso Lilac buds in the cutting garden

Descanso Lilac buds in the cutting garden

 Prunis Triloba - Flowering Plum

Prunis Triloba - Flowering Plum

 Berginia

Berginia

 Clematis cascades from a crabapple tree at the edge of the wood

Clematis cascades from a crabapple tree at the edge of the wood

 Viburnum tinus

Viburnum tinus

 Fragrant Chinese Lilac

Fragrant Chinese Lilac

 Anna Apple blossoms in the heirloom apple orchard

Anna Apple blossoms in the heirloom apple orchard

 Salvia nemorosa 'May Night'

Salvia nemorosa 'May Night'

 Forsythia in full bloom

Forsythia in full bloom


Spring 2016

Late March

 Descanso Lilacs and Great Bearded Iris line the Kitchen Garden path

Descanso Lilacs and Great Bearded Iris line the Kitchen Garden path

 Lavender at the center of the Kitchen Garden surrounded by a Boxwood hedge

Lavender at the center of the Kitchen Garden surrounded by a Boxwood hedge

 'Lilac Lady' Lilac has legendary fragrance and makes a superb cut-flower

'Lilac Lady' Lilac has legendary fragrance and makes a superb cut-flower

 'California Rose' Lilac

'California Rose' Lilac

 Crabapples in bloom

Crabapples in bloom

 Akebono Yoshino Cherry

Akebono Yoshino Cherry

 Scabiosa 'Butterfly Blue' (Pincushion Flower)

Scabiosa 'Butterfly Blue' (Pincushion Flower)

 Angel White Lilac is a Descanso Hybrid

Angel White Lilac is a Descanso Hybrid

 Drifts of Tall Bearded Iris at the edge of the wood

Drifts of Tall Bearded Iris at the edge of the wood

 Purple Smoketree

Purple Smoketree

 Redbud in bloom

Redbud in bloom

 Buster on the peach orchard path flanked by Tall Bearded Iris

Buster on the peach orchard path flanked by Tall Bearded Iris

 Spanish Lavender, Russian Sage, Catmint and Salvia Nemorosa

Spanish Lavender, Russian Sage, Catmint and Salvia Nemorosa

 Catmint

Catmint

 Cherry blossoms

Cherry blossoms

 Abelia and Lambs Ears. Abelia is in the Honeysuckle family and very fragrant.

Abelia and Lambs Ears. Abelia is in the Honeysuckle family and very fragrant.

 Darwin's Barberry

Darwin's Barberry

 Spanish Lavender 'Otto Quast'

Spanish Lavender 'Otto Quast'

 Tall Bearded Iris against a backdrop of Pink Flowering Almond

Tall Bearded Iris against a backdrop of Pink Flowering Almond

 Gold Flame Honeysuckle climbing a copper downspout

Gold Flame Honeysuckle climbing a copper downspout

 Purpleleaf Sand Cherry (Prunis cistena)

Purpleleaf Sand Cherry (Prunis cistena)


April

 Chinese Fringe Tree (Chionanthus retusus)

Chinese Fringe Tree (Chionanthus retusus)

 White Hawthorne (Crataegus monogyna)

White Hawthorne (Crataegus monogyna)

 Hawthorn 'Paul's Scarlet'

Hawthorn 'Paul's Scarlet'

 Tall Bearded Iris on the garden walk

Tall Bearded Iris on the garden walk

 Pink Wisteria on the Breakfast Terrace

Pink Wisteria on the Breakfast Terrace

 Eastern Snowball (Viburnum opulus). Masses of pure white, snowball-like flower clusters make a showy display. Bright green leaves have a purplish-red fall coloring. 

Eastern Snowball (Viburnum opulus). Masses of pure white, snowball-like flower clusters make a showy display. Bright green leaves have a purplish-red fall coloring. 

 Purple Smoketree and Hornbeam

Purple Smoketree and Hornbeam

 Foxglove (Digitalis) in the wood

Foxglove (Digitalis) in the wood

 Climbing Rose Mlle Cécile Brünner scrambles up the wall and across the Porte Cochere

Climbing Rose Mlle Cécile Brünner scrambles up the wall and across the Porte Cochere

 Gaura 'Pink Fountain' on the entrance drive

Gaura 'Pink Fountain' on the entrance drive

 Crabapple Buds

Crabapple Buds

 Spanish Lavender 'Wings of Night' at the stable

Spanish Lavender 'Wings of Night' at the stable

 Salvia 'Mystic Spires Blue'

Salvia 'Mystic Spires Blue'

 American cranberrybush (Viburnum trilobum)

American cranberrybush (Viburnum trilobum)

 Gaura 'Pink Fountains' and Nepeta x fassini 'Walkers Low'

Gaura 'Pink Fountains' and Nepeta x fassini 'Walkers Low'


May

 Butterfly Bush (Buddleia 'Miss Molly")

Butterfly Bush (Buddleia 'Miss Molly")

 Peking Lilac (Syringa pekinesis) has large, creamy-white, honey-scented flower clusters

Peking Lilac (Syringa pekinesis) has large, creamy-white, honey-scented flower clusters

 Ceanothus x p. Marie Simon

Ceanothus x p. Marie Simon

 Yucca filamentosa

Yucca filamentosa

 Waxleaf Privet (Ligustrum texanum)

Waxleaf Privet (Ligustrum texanum)

 Lewis' Mock Orange (Philadelphus lewisii). The flowers have a heavy, sweet scent similar to orange blossoms with a hint of pineapple.

Lewis' Mock Orange (Philadelphus lewisii). The flowers have a heavy, sweet scent similar to orange blossoms with a hint of pineapple.

 Wood Betony (Stachys officinalis)

Wood Betony (Stachys officinalis)


June

 Kitchen Garden - starting in the front - Lavender, Boxwood, Russian Sage, Eastern Redbud 'Forest Pansy", Tomatoes (spirals), Asparagus, Hornbeam (hedge), Sycamore

Kitchen Garden - starting in the front - Lavender, Boxwood, Russian Sage, Eastern Redbud 'Forest Pansy", Tomatoes (spirals), Asparagus, Hornbeam (hedge), Sycamore

 Oak Leaf Htdrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia 'Snow Queen')

Oak Leaf Htdrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia 'Snow Queen')

 Daylily (Hemerocallis)

Daylily (Hemerocallis)

 Star Jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides)

Star Jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides)

 Cardoon or Artichoke Thistle     (Cynara cardunculus)

Cardoon or Artichoke Thistle   (Cynara cardunculus)

 Gardenia

Gardenia

 Astilbe

Astilbe


Summer 2016

July

 Fushia

Fushia

 Gardenia

Gardenia

 Morning Glorys in the Roses

Morning Glorys in the Roses

 Russian Sage

Russian Sage


Fall 2016

November