I did not publish a “week six” from the Huntington Botanical Gardens last week. I was expecting to share from the lovely Japanese Garden, but I went later in the day without considering that all of my photos would be taken facing directly into the rapidly descending sun.
I’m sharing just a few of the half-okay photos to at least give you a taste–and we’ll try again later this week.
In 2011 the garden underwent a year-long renovation in time for its 100th anniversary. The Japanese Garden, very peaceful and serene, is a very popular feature of the Huntington Botanical Gardens.
A friend found an old post card reflecting the Japanese Garden the way I remember it as a child.
Moon Bridge is now natural and unpainted. I liked the red, but termite damage and years of weathering broke it down, and a more authentic bridge was substituted.
When I started the year thinking I’d share photos from the Huntington every week and hopefully show evidence of some rain, little did I anticipate 90 degrees Fahrenheit in February. .
While I wait for rain I’m still very engaged in my garden and doing what I can to make it every bit as inviting as it was before water rationing went into effect. So far, I’m happy with the changes and while incorporating more native plants I’ve also focused on inviting more birds and bees to my backyard party.
I added a new hummingbird feeder and I seem to have tipped the balance of nature.
All the experts said, “Just put a dish out there for the bees. Make the sugar-water even sweeter than the feeder. And slowly move the bee sugar-water further away from the feeder.”
All that did, quite frankly, was invite even more bees.
I’m a bee-lover and for a split second I thought this might be cool (I do have a very patient husband), but then the dog started chasing them and I could see disaster.
I was disappointed, but I’ll include even more hummingbird-friendly plants and the bees are already thick and hearty in the herb garden. They’re greedy little buzzers!
I did purchase a new oriole feeder, but come to think of it, I’m supposed to use jelly to attract the orioles.
I hope I don’t attract ants!