Saturday, May 12, 2012

Happy Mother's Day


2 years ago Cheri and  I visited the Filoli Gardens located 30 miles south of San Francisco.  Cheri returned there last year with the Women's Guild. Butterflies and bees love the gardens.It offers a special Mother's Day celebration.
(photo of one circular flower arrangement taken by Cheri last year)
Filoli was built for Mr. and Mrs. William Bowers Bourn, prominent San Franciscans whose chief source of wealth was the Empire Mine, a hard-rock gold mine in Grass Valley, California. 
Mr. Bourn arrived at the unusual name Filoli by combining the first two letters from the key words of his credo: “Fight for a just cause; Love your fellow man; Live a good life.”
How many bulbs does Filoli plant every year?
A total of 104,000 bulbs were purchased for the Garden for the 2012 display season. Bulbs were planted in the Garden beds and potted up into 3,300 display pots last fall. Tulips – 48,000 for garden beds and pots (18,000 in beds, 30,000 in pots, 47 varieties) Daffodils – 24,000 for garden beds and pots (36 varieties) Other bulbs (hyacinth, muscari, etc.) – 32,000 The sunken garden alone accounts for 3,500 Tulip ‘Dordogne’ and 800 Daffodil ‘Sir Winston Churchill’
Big things have been happening in the Woodland Garden. Many of the old, overgrown Rhododendron have been removed and several Camellias have been moved to new locations. Our goal is to open up the Woodland and improve the structural relationship between the ground covers, low growing flowering shrubs, mid-story flowering trees, and finally the upper canopy.
above excerpts are from the website: http://www.filoli.org/

13 comments:

Eva said...

Seems like a lovely place :-)

Trish said...

What a beautiful garden! It must be a wonderful place to stroll. I can hardly imagine the organization required to plant 100,000. bulbs!

Alyce said...

That is a lot of flowers! I like the credo. :)

gautami tripathy said...

Looks like a wonderful place to walk!


Here is my Saturday Snapshot post!

Bev Hankins said...

I love the pond with the flowers arranged around it. And the grass looks incredibly green!

Here's my Snapshot.

JoAnn said...

Such a beautiful garden... would love to visit next time we are in the San Francisco area.

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

Pretty garden shot. Looks like a nice place to visit.

Susan Lindquist said...

Just lovely ... I am always agog at the level of planning and upkeep that gardens of this caliber require!

Dizzy C said...

Lovely photo.

That is a lot of bulbs to set for a season! Makes my little attempt to bring colour to my garden a drop in the ocean.

Lovely blog. New follower here

carol

Eugenia O'Neal said...

Looks truly lovely and I love that credo!

bermudaonion said...

Wow, that'a a lot of bulbs! Happy Mother's Day!

Esme said...

What lovely gardens. I do like his credo. Where is your header photo from?

edgar said...

Esme-It's at Bandon, Oregon during the lowest tide of the year in 2009. Otherwise that part of the picture is under water.We were there with our friends and my daughter and her family.