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The Finch's And Liles' Visit The Huntington (4/26/2018)

Indeed, we calls it "The British Invasion" and we like being invaded by the Finch's. We laugh and giggle the entire day. Brian and Jan stopped by our house around 11:30 AM and we neaded north on the 605 to the gardens. Brian and Jan are looking forword to a spot of tea!It's about 45 miles as the Odyssey flies.

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Visiting the Huntington April 2018 with the Finch's Upon arrival we headed for the tea house as we had a 1:15 appointment for lunch.

Visiting the Huntington April 2018 with the Finch's

Visiting the Huntington April 2018 with the Finch's
Along the pathway were California wildflowers in their native habitat!

Visiting the Huntington April 2018 with the Finch's
Odd looking plants but certainly drought tolerant!

Visiting the Huntington April 2018 with the Finch's
Do not fall into these little puppies... Sharp spines everywhere!

Visiting the Huntington April 2018 with the Finch's

Visiting the Huntington April 2018 with the Finch's

Visiting the Huntington April 2018 with the Finch's

Visiting the Huntington April 2018 with the Finch's
Magnificent roses greeted us!

Visiting the Huntington April 2018 with the Finch's
..and William himself!

Visiting the Huntington April 2018 with the Finch's
William sends us on our way

Visiting the Huntington April 2018 with the Finch's
Roses begin to appear as we get closer to the Tea Room!

Visiting the Huntington April 2018 with the Finch's
Love the names... "Rock and Roll"

Visiting the Huntington April 2018 with the Finch's
Passing under the arbor and Tea Room is immediately ahead of us!

Visiting the Huntington April 2018 with the Finch's

Visiting the Huntington April 2018 with the Finch's
We have arrived!

Visiting the Huntington April 2018 with the Finch's When you ask for caviar, it comes served quite beautifully

Visiting the Huntington April 2018 with the Finch's
This is what Brian was expecting... A Caviar Burger!

Visiting the Huntington April 2018 with the Finch's

Visiting the Huntington April 2018 with the Finch's
"Blimy (short for gorblimey God blind me)... This is pretty good"

Visiting the Huntington April 2018 with the Finch's
Jan agrees and the clotted creme was excellent

Did You Know? - Clotted cream (sometimes called scalded, clouted, Devonshire or Cornish cream) is a thick cream made by indirectly heating full-cream cow's milk using steam or a water bath and then leaving it in shallow pans to cool slowly. During this time, the cream content rises to the surface and forms "clots" or "clouts". It forms an essential part of a cream tea.

Although its origin is uncertain, the cream's production is commonly associated with dairy farms in southwest England and in particular the counties of Cornwall and Devon. The current largest commercial producer in the United Kingdom is Rodda's at Scorrier, Redruth, Cornwall, which can produce up to 25 tonnes (25,000 kg; 55,000 lbs.) of clotted cream a day.

In 1998 the term Cornish clotted cream became a Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) by European Union directive, as long as the milk is produced in Cornwall and the minimum fat content is 55%.

Visiting the Huntington April 2018 with the Finch's

Visiting the Huntington April 2018 with the Finch's
What is he up to now???

Visiting the Huntington April 2018 with the Finch's

Visiting the Huntington April 2018 with the Finch's
Jan prepares for a little walk through the gardens

Visiting the Huntington April 2018 with the Finch's
Look out roses... Here we come!

Visiting the Huntington April 2018 with the Finch's

Visiting the Huntington April 2018 with the Finch's
Golden Poppies!

Did You Know? - A poppy is a flowering plant in the subfamily Papaveroideae of the family Papaveraceae. Poppies are herbaceous plants, often grown for their colourful flowers. One species of poppy, Papaver somniferum, is the source of the crude drug opium which contains powerful medicinal alkaloids such as morphine and has been used since ancient times as an analgesic and narcotic medicinal and recreational drug. It also produces edible seeds. Following the trench warfare in the poppy fields of Flanders during World War I, poppies have become a symbol of remembrance of soldiers who have died during wartime.

 

Visiting the Huntington April 2018 with the Finch's
In the garden walking outfits

Visiting the Huntington April 2018 with the Finch's
The artichokes were so loaded they fell over!

Visiting the Huntington April 2018 with the Finch's
Magnificent Foxgloves

Did You Know? - There are several different explanations that could give reason to how the common foxglove got its name. One of the main ones however is about the shape of the blossom. The flower of the common foxglove looks similar to gloved finger. Additionally, the name foxglove is supposed to be an allusion to a fox's white paws.
Before the common foxglove was used to treat and fix heart problems, the Irish saw a different use for it. The used it as folk medicine. They saw it as a healing herb used to treat a variety of skin problems such as boils, ulcers, and also headaches and paralysis.

Visiting the Huntington April 2018 with the Finch's
Taking in the sights!

Visiting the Huntington April 2018 with the Finch's
The artichokes are visible at the top of the plant

Visiting the Huntington April 2018 with the Finch's

Visiting the Huntington April 2018 with the Finch's
The "wooden" arbor has been four years in the making!

Visiting the Huntington April 2018 with the Finch's
The "Julia Child" Rose... Because of the color!

Visiting the Huntington April 2018 with the Finch's
They reach for the sun!

Visiting the Huntington April 2018 with the Finch's
Jan wonders off admiring the roses

Visiting the Huntington April 2018 with the Finch's
We heard a scream and Jan came running!

Visiting the Huntington April 2018 with the Finch's
Jan shows us where she saw the "Rose Rat"

Visiting the Huntington April 2018 with the Finch's
Jan and Brian enjoying the weather in Los Angeles

Visiting the Huntington April 2018 with the Finch's
Jan keeps looking for her little friend!

Visiting the Huntington April 2018 with the Finch's
A portable workshop... The construction is still underway

Visiting the Huntington April 2018 with the Finch's
Simply beautiful!

Visiting the Huntington April 2018 with the Finch's
NATIONAL RED ROSE DAY. Each year on June 12, people in the United States observe National Red Rose Day. It honors the flower that is a symbol of love and romance, the red rose. The June birth flower is the rose. Red roses were used in many early cultures as decorations in wedding ceremonies and wedding attire.

Visiting the Huntington April 2018 with the Finch's
The bees are busy buzzing bout the bushes

Visiting the Huntington April 2018 with the Finch's
The roses get a little shade from their friend the tree

Visiting the Huntington April 2018 with the Finch's
The five pipe arbors all having climbing roses attached!

Visiting the Huntington April 2018 with the Finch's
Click the image to see a few examples of climbing roses

Visiting the Huntington April 2018 with the Finch's
We caught a glimpse of the Japanese Gardens on our way to China

Visiting the Huntington April 2018 with the Finch's

Visiting the Huntington April 2018 with the Finch's
A fifteen minute meander through the woods...

Visiting the Huntington April 2018 with the Finch's
The colors are fantastic

Visiting the Huntington April 2018 with the Finch's
The flowering trees send their blossoms sky high

Visiting the Huntington April 2018 with the Finch's
Looks like a floating pillow

Visiting the Huntington April 2018 with the Finch's

Visiting the Huntington April 2018 with the Finch's
The "Moon Bridge"

Did You Know? - A moon bridge is a highly-rounded arched pedestrian bridge associated with gardens in China and Japan. The moon bridge originated in China and was later introduced to Japan.

This type of bridge was originally designed to allow pedestrians to cross canals while allowing the passage of barges beneath. When constructed using the climbing ascent and descent this had the further advantage of not using space from the adjoining fields for approaches.

In formal garden design a moon bridge is placed so that it is reflected in still water. The high arch and its reflection form a circle, symbolizing the moon

Visiting the Huntington April 2018 with the Finch's
The water lilies were just starting the bloom

Visiting the Huntington April 2018 with the Finch's
We keep looking for the frog!

Visiting the Huntington April 2018 with the Finch's
A beautiful day for a walk... Very relaxing

Visiting the Huntington April 2018 with the Finch's Time for a nap!!

Visiting the Huntington April 2018 with the Finch's

Visiting the Huntington April 2018 with the Finch's


Mickey Mouse Plant

Visiting the Huntington April 2018 with the Finch's
Ochna serrulata with fruits and the bright-red sepals
that resemble the face of Mickey Mouse.

Did You Know? - Ochna serrulata (commonly known as the small-leaved plane, carnival ochna, bird's eye bush, Mickey mouse plant or Mickey Mouse bush due to the plant's bright-red sepals, which resemble the face of Mickey Mouse) is an ornamental garden plant of the Ochnaceae family which is indigenous to South Africa. It is planted in southern African gardens and is an invasive species in Australia and New Zealand.

Visiting the Huntington April 2018 with the Finch's
Someone has an imagination!

Visiting the Huntington April 2018 with the Finch's

Visiting the Huntington April 2018 with the Finch's
Just passing time!

Visiting the Huntington April 2018 with the Finch's
Looking for food OR someone to bite!

Visiting the Huntington April 2018 with the Finch's
"I brought my own feather pillow!

Visiting the Huntington April 2018 with the Finch's
Do you see the goose?

Visiting the Huntington April 2018 with the Finch's
No No! Don't jump!

Visiting the Huntington April 2018 with the Finch's

Visiting the Huntington April 2018 with the Finch's

Visiting the Huntington April 2018 with the Finch's
Snapdragons are called "Bunny Rabbits" in the UK

Visiting the Huntington April 2018 with the Finch's
Pink and Fuzzy... Could be a Bunny Rabbit!

Visiting the Huntington April 2018 with the Finch's
The poppies wave good bye as we meander out of the garden

Visiting the Huntington April 2018 with the Finch's
The sunflowers form a fence separating the parking lot

Visiting the Huntington April 2018 with the Finch's
Time to head for home...