I went to Filoli today. I haven't been here since April 2007. We saw quite the spring show last time. Today the gardens were more subdued.
I'm realizing I feel more open to the formal garden now than I did two years ago. I'm trying to add some formal elements to my garden...more on that later. Here's an odd interruption of the formal structure... A fern invading the boxwood.
Shade gardens are generally amenable to the informal approach.
All of Filoli's gardens have strong transitions which I appreciate.
Loved the knot garden, but there's nowhere to get a good overview of it. Loved the idea of the box topiaries, but if they can't be perfectly erect, I kinda think they shouldn't be there at all, right?
What I really, really loved today (and I didn't get a good picture of it) was the Copper Beech hedge (Fagus sylvatica 'Atropurpurea') that you see coming in from the left along the top in this picture:
A cutting garden lies beyond the knot garden.
Everything in the cutting garden seemed to be growing up through a string grid designed to keep the flower stems erect. I'm not sure why some plants were grown under bird netting, like the larkspur and delphiniums.
The flowers from the cutting garden are used throughout the house in big, beautiful arrangements.
A quick whip around the mansion...
And then it's time to go.