Any chance I get, I visit the Lan Su garden. This time, it was in the company of a class of 6- and 7-graders. My kid’s Mandarin teacher set up the field trip, and I took a couple of hours off from work to crash the party. 🙂 About three photos into it, my camera battery died, so my son lent me his phone. So much for being prepared, huh?
I think they have the most beautiful roof tiles. And, I learned that the wedge-shaped tiles along the drip line are called ‘bat tiles’.
A close-up of the textures of the Dragon Stone. So touchable…
An Edgeworthia reflecting its buds in the water below.
A Winter jasmine cascading over the edge.
The Tea House, across the pond. It was so quiet – for a while, we were the only people there.
A blooming Chimonanthus praecox or ‘Wintersweet’ in bloom – the fragrance was intoxicating!
Here is a close-up.
The clouds opened up a little.
Everything was so still…
A Crape Myrtle – I think this might be a ‘Natchez’.
Its bark is fantastic!
The black fruits of Loriope.
The main pavilion.
The Tea House tinted purple by the buds of the tree.
The slanted sun hitting the exquisite pebble paving. Love the green patina of the moss.
Camellia and Iris confusa behind the screen.
I think this might be a Metapanax delavayii. So lovely in the winter sun.
The Aspidistras are dotting the landscape everywhere. Such great, green texture…
A backlit Loropetalum – we were a little too early for the flowers.
A man demonstrating how to draw with water colors and a bamboo brush.
A dwarf Pommegranate.
I was really proud of the kids for behaving so well. Many of them were just as bad I was with the incessant snapping of pictures. There is hope for humanity… 🙂
A lovely morning indeed. I really can’t get enough of this place. It does wonders for my mental health. Wishing you all a wonderful, peaceful day!