I managed to score tickets to The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens on their first Thursday free day so my third-cousin came up from Orange County to hang out. After a quick dim sum at Elite Restaurant - Monterey Park, we dashed over to the Huntington Library to get in before our time slot was up.
My cousin veered off into this secluded little area beside all those Greek statues.
According to the plaque below the tree, this camellia japonica "Pink Perfection" was growing here on the Shorb Ranch in 1903 when Henry Huntington bought the grounds and home to build his estate. At the time, the camellia was 15 years old, making it one of the oldest in Southern California.
So vivid! Apparently, the unusual color of this jade vine flower makes it easily visible at dusk to attract bats who drink its nectar and spread its pollen.
Look at the long cluster of blooms.
Have you ever seen a "sensitive" mimosa?
Or a double coconut? Umm, I hesitate to point out the obvious.
According to Wikipedia, the coco de mer from the Seychelles is the largest single seed in the world and can weigh up to 66 pounds. I wanted to put my hand up for comparison, but gosh, there really wasn't a good place to put it anywhere on this thing.
We then left the greenhouse and made our way to the Chinese Garden, followed by the Japanese Garden.
Other garden pictures may be found in Gardening Updates and other things to do in Explore SoCal. More pictures in my previous visit to the Huntington Gardens in 2008.
The Huntington: Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
1151 Oxford Rd.
San Marino, CA 91108
Monday, and Wednesday to Friday noon to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Children under 5, free
Youths aged 5 to 11, $6
Students with ID, $10
Seniors, $12/weekday and $15 weekends
Adults, $15/weekdays and $20/weekends
First Thursday of each month. Reservations must be made one month in advance. Reserve online or call 1-800-838-3006 and choose an arrival time of 10:30 a.m. to noon or 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. No admission without a ticket. No regular admission tickets are sold on Free Day.
1 year ago today, Meyer lemon shortbread squares.
2 years ago today, homemade potstickers with ground pork and turkey, bamboo shoots, and cabbage.