Tuesday 28 February 2012: Spring, For Sure
We had a lovely field trip today, driving north for about an hour to Filoli, an estate managed by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. I wanted to see the fields of daffodils, which are just beginning to bloom. The sixteen acre garden was designed in the early 20th century and planned to resemble an English country estate. It is definitely a place to return to again and again to check out what's in bloom. In addition to daffodils of many colors and configurations, there were fantastic magnolias with flowers as big as your head, the sweet new buds of peach trees, huge containers of brilliant tulips, and the intoxication of hyacinths packed two dozen to a pot.
The unusual name of Filoli is a combination of the first two letters from the key words of the credo of the original owner: "Fight for a just cause; Love your fellow man; Live a good life."