Wednesday, July 12, 2006


It’s been a busy few days thanks to the Yarn Harlot and my Etsy site. It is pretty funny when I try to explain what happened to my muggle (non-yarn) friends. They get hung up at ‘famous knitting blogger’. Even though they’re supportive, I can tell from the look in their eyes that they just don’t get it. Silly people. They don’t know that they will all knit eventually. It’s just a matter of time.

Vacation Wrap-up Day 2
The Huntington Museum and Gardens in Pasadena

This place was gorgeous. They have all kinds of themed gardens. There’s the Children’s Garden, the Shakespeare Garden (all plants mentioned in Shakespeare), the Herb Garden, the Rose Garden and my favorite, the Japanese Garden. They are even in the process of building a massive Chinese Garden.
I would like to mention another observation I made: What we consider huddling, coddled houseplants here are considered yard plants, shrubs and even (gasp) weeds! Here is a fuchsia just growing in the ground (with the lovely Jess posing for scale).

Geraniums and rosemary just grow wild and need to be pulled up and cut back. Jade trees grow in people’s front yards and hibiscus are shrubs (shrubs!!). All amazing to this New England girl.

Here are some pictures of the Japanese Garden.

I loved the koi.

They were big and friendly and always looking for a hand out (no, I was good and didn’t feed them). These were some big fish! You know the local squirrels know better than to get too near the water.
There was also an impressive display of bonsai trees.

I once had a short but intense affair with bonsai trees. They all died. It was tragic. Orchids really are more my speed. They thrive on neglect.
Stay tuned for Day 3 in which I meet a group of ladies calling themselves the Beantown Knitters!


Beth S. said...

What a lovely place! I can't get over the size of that fuchsia. Don't we hang those in little baskets in this part of the country?

Lucy said...

Those are the ones. There were also 15' high wild yucca blooms that you could see on the sides of the mountains. Of course, I forgot to take a picture.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful gardens! I got a bonsai for high school graduation and it died in no time. I don't do well with plants, I think an easy going ivy is my speed. :)