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What’s Blooming

Categories: Blog, Garden

Week of May 28, 2018 – June 10, 2018

PDF RESOURCES: Garden Happenings – PDF   |     Blooming Calendar Year – PDF   |    Spring Display 2018 – PDF    |      Filoli Map – PDF

The Sunken was replanted recently, but the glass art from Viscosity Studios definitely brings some beautiful color to this garden room.
Although the Rose Garden is stunning, these ‘Graham Thomas’ roses, just north of the Sunken Garden, enrobed in buttery yellow flowers, are also spectacular.
Most of the summer beds have been planted, but the ‘Jersey Jem’ viola is still going strong in the Sundial.
The Panel Garden is a symphony of color, particularly with the view toward the Gardener’s Cottage, with the chartreuse ‘Fuyu’ persimmon and the deep purple copper beech.
And another example of the color in the Panel Garden is the Knot Garden with the backdrop of the copper beech hedge.


What’s Blooming Cart Debut:

We have debuted a “What’s Blooming” cart, where each week, five plants will be highlighted from the garden. Located in the Service Courtyard/ Plant Shop area, the cart will have metal vases with chalkboard nametags, which will correspond to a map of the garden. Please seek out the Garden Information Docents for location, and other information, on the week’s special bloomers.

Summer Season:

May into June is the time that the Summer Display is planted. This year should be colorful and beautiful. The many sections of the Panel Garden are at their peak through June, including the Rose Garden, Knot Garden and Perennial Border. Mid-summer is the peak of the Cutting Garden as well, which is also when the summer beds will reach their peak.

Summer Garden Glass Exhibit

The official opening of the Colors of California Summer Glass Exhibit coincides with the opening of the Flower Show and the Roland Peterson painting exhibit on May 31. Over the next few weeks, our three glass artists: Viscosity Studios (Cristy Aloysi and Scott Graham), Kim Webster and April Zilber, will be installing pieces throughout the garden. You’ll have an opportunity to get a preview in the coming weeks, but be sure to see the entire exhibit beginning in June.

Plant Highlights

  • Spring annual containers are featured throughout the garden with various pansies and foxgloves. Summer pots of petunias, impatiens and begonias will replace the spring annual pots as they become ready.

  • Don’t miss the exotically fragrant Rhododendron fragrantissimum in the Walled Garden, west of the Garden House.

  • The Rose Garden is in full bloom. Make sure to stroll the beds and find your favorite bloomers or the ones whose fragrance you like best. (One of mine is ‘Carding Mill’ with its amazing myrrh perfume.)

  • The Chinese dogwood (Cornus kousa) is in bloom north of the Swimming Pool area.

  • A number of the irises along the Historic Iris Path are still flowering, along with bearded iris in the Walled Garden.

  • The last of the herbaceous and tree peonies are blooming and will continue for the next week or two.

  • The Camperdown Elm has leafed out and become its cool umbrella of shade for summer.

  • The Camperdown Elm is leafing out and becoming it’s cool umbrella of shade for summer.
  • Filoli has one of the largest collections of ivy in the world. In the tradition of many historic English gardens, ivy was a component chosen for the walls in many places, particularly along the Bowling Green. In the late 90s, Filoli received an enormous collection from Dr. Cliff Coon, an avid ivy collector and breeder. Many of the varieties are represented on the fence line that wraps around the south and west side of the garden. In addition, a collection of adult ivies, which are more shrub like in form, grows to the west of the High Place. This peaceful corner of the garden is a lovely spot to sit and read a book.


Summer planting

Garden Irrigation Information

I recently received a question from a docent asking why some irrigation programs run during our hours of operation. In general, we try and run all programs during the early morning. This is often what is most healthy for the plants. However, for some blooms, waiting until the plants have had a chance to dry from the morning dew, before running the irrigation, keeps the flowers from fading or prevents them being subject to some diseases. Some annuals, like petunias, and the bearded iris, do best when irrigated during the warmth of the late morning.

Kitchen Garden Re-design

In an attempt to streamline the work in the Kitchen Garden, and also better interpret the production of vegetable crops at Filoli, we have redesigned the beds. This part of the garden has seen many uses over the years, including as an extension of the Cutting Garden and also as a spring and summer annual trial and display garden. Vegetables have always been grown on the grounds, and we have brought the beds back to one of their former iterations, which was a more typical design of simple rows. Garden apprentice Farruh Rustamov, who hails from Uzbekistan, reworked the Kitchen Garden as part of his apprenticeship’s independent project.

Bloomin’ Bucks Program

Whenever visitors, volunteers or anyone else asks about where Filoli purchases our bulbs, after telling them that the bulk of our bulbs are purchased wholesale from the Netherlands, I tell them the best retail vendor in the US that I know is Brent and Becky’s Bulbs.

As part of the company’s commitment to public gardens, schools and other non-profits, Brent and Becky established the Bloomin’ Bucks program. With each purchase from Brent and Becky’s through the program, the designated non-profit receives 25% of the funds. Filoli is a participant in this program. So, if you’re planning to order bulbs this year, and like Brent and Becky’s products, please go to the Bloomin’ Bucks page (www.bloominbucks.com) to start your purchase by choosing Filoli as your non-profit of choice. From there, you will be sent to the regular Brent and Becky’s Bulbs website to start your shopping.