In the spirit of Lughnasadh, Descanso Gardens, July 29, 2017

As the wheel continues to turn, August 1st marks the halfway point between the summer solstice and the autumn equinox.  At this time of year, my home garden is full of blooming flowers and an abundance of butterflies.  It’s a beautiful time of year and I’ve been blessed by the nature spirits with a modest, but healthy wildlife habitat for hummingbirds, butterflies and other critters who have been enjoying the garden.  With Lughnasadh only a few days away, I paid a visit to my favorite magical garden, Descanso.  I walked down the promenade and made a quick pass through the rose garden.  But I spent most of my time in my favorite section, the native plant the garden.  Here is where you can best appreciate the warm tones of summer with the buckwheats starting to brown and the intoxicating fragrance of sage.  I also found many spider webs nestled in the trees.  It is this time of year when I usually begin to see more intricate webbing in the oaks.  They know the days are slowly beginning to shorten, and although it is still hot, the summer will soon be coming to a close.

 Foxgloves, aka witches' thimbles, fairy's glove, dead man's bells - A favorite of the fae, they will forever be one of my favorite flowers too along with Lily of the Valley. 

Foxgloves, aka witches' thimbles, fairy's glove, dead man's bells - A favorite of the fae, they will forever be one of my favorite flowers too along with Lily of the Valley. 

 Happy little mushrooms in the rose garden.

Happy little mushrooms in the rose garden.

 Fern by the creek.

Fern by the creek.

 Sacred Datura.

Sacred Datura.

 Intoxicating Sage.

Intoxicating Sage.

 Thistle.

Thistle.

 Umber Skipper

Umber Skipper

 Umber Skipper

Umber Skipper

 Warm summer tones.

Warm summer tones.

 A work of art.

A work of art.