Tis the season for lavender and roses!
Summery Scenes from a garden visit in Northern California:
On one day only these private gardens open their gates as part of
The Garden Conservancy ... Open Days Program.
As promised, a few glimpses of one of the featured gardens on this year's Open Days, which coincided with peak rose bloom.
Above: Austin's Rosa 'Graham Thomas' perhaps?
Pictured below: One of the stately homes featured on last weekend's open gardens.
On this extensive property, the dense greenery of shrubs, vines, and mature trees provides plenty of shady nooks.
The historic Victorian house and grounds have recently undergone a comprehensive restoration.
As our dry season generally persists for six months of the year, a pool is a welcome addition to the landscape.
Perhaps the most beautiful mature dogwood I've ever come upon, with pale, buttery yellow bracts. Despite the construction work, the tree appeared extremely healthy.
Central Water Feature with a Classical Theme
The Dogwood in all its glory.
Rose draped arbors helped to define the garden's intimate spaces.
A greenhouse filled with colorful succulents and tender specimens, amidst a welcoming layout of rose beds combined with perennial plantings to attract beneficial insects, butterflies and birds.
An intimate garden room where visitors seemed to naturally congregate amid the aromatic herbs & roses.