Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Getty Finale

Finally before leaving the theatre and the Getty Garden really is horticultural theatre, I want to tell you about the showstopper. This is a feature that I just loved, the Getty umbrellas. No it wasn't a rainy day and these certainly wouldn't have kept out a shower, let alone a downpour. These are huge metal frames - quite sculptural, like giant rusty parasols with bougainvillea trained through them.

I've seen them a couple of times and maybe on neither occasion at their peak but loved this unique way of training this wonderful scrambling shrub. Bougainvillea has been a favourite of mine for years and I have several brilliantly coloured cultivars in my yard here but these are really something! On this occasion, as the last picture shows, much of the frames were naked but being sculptural in their own right, they still looked great!

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