More Spring Flowers

Yesterday (April 11) I attended a board meeting of my local district of Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD) in Palo Alto. With a little free time before the meeting, I went by Elizabeth Gamble Garden for a quick tour. Gamble Garden is a local oasis of horticulture with two and a half acres of well-tended plants. It is free to the public and open all year. Since they have many mature specimens of all kinds of garden plants (no tropicals yet and I need to volunteer to help), I usually go for a visit at least once a month to see what is in season. Yesterday the first attention-grabbing flowers were the long blooms of Wisteria floribunda and the double ones of Wisteria sinensis.

Wisteria floribunda
Double Wisteria

Another smashing beauty at a far corner is Azara dentata whose yellow flowers are blindingly bright. The fiery new leaves of Pieris japonica below make a scorching color combination, definitely not for the faint-hearted.

Close-up of Azara dentata flowers Full view of Azara dentata Pieris japonica and Azara dentata

Fortunately, or unfortunately for some, other parts of this garden do offer cool respite for this chromatic overload.

Pergola and Delphinium
Formal Herb Garden

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