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What’s Blooming

Categories: Blog, Garden

Weeks of October 8, 2018 – October 21, 2018

PDF RESOURCES:     Garden Happenings – PDF    |     Blooming Calendar Year – PDF   |    Summer Display List – PDF   |    Visitor Map – PDF


Don’t Miss: What’s Blooming Cart

This spring we 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 has metal vases with nametags, which 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. 

Golden Harvest Antique Farm Equipment Exhibit

Adding to the beauty of the fall garden, and the beginning of the autumn colors, an exhibit of antique farm equipment is happening throughout the estate. Historic farm implements can be found in the Garden Orchard, the Daffodil Field northwest of the House, and along the Estate Trail and at the Nature Center. Accompanying the equipment, scarecrows add to the autumnal festivities at each of the groupings. Thank you to our volunteer committees (Art, Lavender, Bonsai, and House Flower Arrangers), and staff, for their fun creations.

Plant Highlights:

From the low light, and the hints of autumnal color, it is evident that fall is in the air.


Repeat guests have been able to witness these Begonia ‘Dragon Wing Red’ plants fill in the Dutch Garden beds, and now, attain a perfect stature for this special space within the garden.


Very much a part of the display in the garden, the welcoming Portico of the House is particularly stunning right now with the apricot and white angel’s trumpet (Brugmansia) plants.


You can’t miss the darling Cyclamen hederifolium blooming all over the garden, but particularly in the Walled and Woodland Garden.


Our first camellia bloom of the year is Camellia heimalis ‘Showa-No-Sakae’.


Summer beds are all filled in and display containers are throughout the garden and are looking beautiful.We have containers in all corners of the garden, including, petunias and petunia/calibrachoa hybrid (XPetchoa), Sunpatiens, begonias, and zinnias.The special tuberous begonias, grown from seed no less, are in peak bloom. 

  • All the summer beds are looking nice, although there is some fall fading in the Sunken Garden, the begonia beds are at peak.Salvias in the Sunken Garden and Sundial are at 3, 4, 5, or 6+ feet in height. 
  • In the next few weeks, the bulbs will be arriving for the Spring 2019 display.Another exciting, colorful spring program is in the works, including a few Keukenhof-inspired displays.
  • The Rose Garden continues to bloom and bloom.Make sure to stroll the beds and find your favorite bloomers or the ones whose fragrance you like best.
  • Much of the Cutting Garden has color. A functional part of the garden, it truly is a lovely spot from late spring through fall.The autumnal color has flooded the herbaceous peony bed this season, which is yet another reason why the peonies are such a great plant in the garden.
  • Post-Autumn Festival, we have picked the last of the apples and the quince for our end of season fruit butters program.We also have sent 2600 pounds of apples to Tilted Shed cidery to be made into hard cider for 2019 sales in the Clocktower Shop.In early October, Village Harvest gleaned over 2 tons of fruit to feed the needy. 
  • Here, in early fall the hydrangeas are looking spectacular.Blooms will continue to arise, while older flowers fade to beautiful shades of purple, blue, rose and green. 
  • Some of the late summer and fall components of the garden are looking quite lovely.The tree peony bed in the Cutting Garden is the height of its fall color.The exotic love vine (Ipomoealobata) has begun to bloom.Our chartreuse ‘Frisia’ black locust is a beacon behind the swimming pool.Hydrangeas, plumbago, pocketbook flower and many others are adding color and interest to the garden.Silver lace vine (Fallopia baldschuanica) is in full bloom, Chilaean bellflower (Lapageria rosea) always has one or more blooms, and the Japanese anemone is blooming in varioius corners of the garden.And another fun fall waif, the ivy-leaved cyclamen (Cyclamen hederifolium) is blooming particularly well all around the garden.Be sure to explore all the corners of the landscape to discover the beauty that is all around. 
  • Mid October means the arrival of the first camellias of the season.Look for the Camellia sasanqua to start blooming behind the Clocktower Shop, Walled and Woodland Garden, and Main Courtyard. 
  • The Camperdown Elm has leafed out and become its 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. 


Beginning of the spring display change over
Annual bed pulling
Holidays lights

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.

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.