A- A A+

What’s Blooming

Categories: Blog, Garden

Weeks of August 6, 2018August 19, 2018

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

The Sunken Garden has completely filled in with all the annuals and perennials. The last of the bloomers to start is the blue statice, but this will carry the display into October.
Our full heads of cabbage and kales are looking quite ornamental in the Bell Beds.
The old-fashioned beauty of the ‘Marble Arches’ Salvia hormonium, is both simple and elegant.
Fruit is ripening away on the some of our apples, like this old ‘Gravenstein’ in the Panel Garden.

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 has metal vases with 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:

The summer beds have filled in nicely, so August is the time to see these display at it’s peak.

Summer Garden Glass Exhibit

The Colors of California Summer Glass Exhibit coincides with the opening of the Flower Show and the Roland Peterson painting exhibit on May 31. The glass artists, Viscosity Studios (Cristy Aloysi and Scott Graham), Kim Webster and April Zilber, have pieces throughout the garden. Be sure to walk the exhibit now through the end of August.

Plant Highlights

  • Summer beds are filling in and display containers are throughout the garden and are looking beautiful. The petunias and petunia/calibrachoa hybrid (XPetchoa) have been placed in many sections of the garden. The Sunpatiens have arrived in the shady locations, as have many of our begonia containers.
  • Summer annual beds have filled in and are looking colorful. In particular, the Sunken Garden, Sundial, and Bell Beds and Garden House Beds are at their peak.
  • The Rose Garden is still in 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 been planted for summer, including the addition of dahlia bed, and many of the summer annuals, like cockscomb, amaranth, sunflowers and more. Although a functional part of the garden, it truly is a lovely spot from summer into fall.
  • The fruit harvest has begun with early apples and pears. Fruit will be harvested until October, with much slated for the Autumn Festival on September 22, as well as our Filoli fruit butters and jams program and the donates made to local food banks.
  • A wide variety of summer woody plants are starting to bloom as summer arrives. The cape plumbago (Plumbago auriculata), the standard and dwarf pomegranates (Punica granatum), Chilean jasmine (Mandevilla laxa), and the hydrangeas are blooming.
  • 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.


Annual bed maintenance and pinching

The Blooming Agave

For those who have visited in the past three months, or follow Filoli on social media, you have witnessed the spectacular Agave parryi var. huachucensis blooming in the Main Courtyard of the House. Our plant came to Filoli over 30 years ago as a gift from a friend of the garden, but is native to the Huachuca Mountains in southern Arizona. Over the years it has lived up in the nursery, but has spent the past several years as part of our succulent collection on the Northwest Terrace. Last year, the plant was moved back to the nursery to be repotted, and in March, it was noticed that the center of the rosette was beginning to swell, indicating that it was about to bloom. The mother plant will die once it has finished flowering, but will produce a set of offshoots (pups) that will continue the growth of the plant. Additionally, the plant has produced pups prior to its blooming, and one of these plants presently resides on the Northwest Terrace.

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.