Filoli. 654 acres of estate and gardens from the early 20th century. It's maybe only 30 or so miles from us and I just went for the second time last Friday. It didn't disappoint of course.
I took my visiting friends who couldn't have been a better fit for this place. They told me multiple times that they were in Heaven and proceeded to fill their cameras with to-die-for images. (Which will probably become paintings later on - check out their site here).
Lining every set of stairs.
And behind every "secret garden" gate.
Sometimes its in the details...
You can't help but be mesmerized.
I mean, really, have you ever seen such a blue hydrangea?
Or felt like you were swimming in yarrow & lavender?
I nearly fall over whenever I enter this garden. It's Filoli's "knot garden" and it's otherworldly.
It's my favorite part of the entire estate.
Miranda had a good time I thought. I carried her for a bit (through the house on a self-guided tour), then into the stroller for most of the garden, then onto my back in the ergo carrier until we were ready to call it a day and get refreshments at the cafe. I think she's going to want to walk walk walk everywhere when she finally does start walking. For now, it's so great that she's happy being held and carried and strolled :o)
A few more pretties to show you. These glorious sunflowers lined the perimeter of the knot garden.
And this is one of the many water features. I love water lilies...
For more about Filoli...the house, the amazing gardens, how to plan a visit & maybe do some plein air painting go here.
Have an inspired day :o)