11 July, 2009

"Fight. Love. Live"


Oh, sweet and happy weekend, how I have longed for thy company . . . come, walk with me in the garden . . .


These images are from the extraordinary estates of Filoli located just south of San Francisco. The home's interiors may be familiar, as they have been used as the settings for enumerable films, from "Rent" to the opening credits of "Dynasty."

But, its beautiful grounds and gardens seem to be only recognizable to our local residents. One of my dearest friends, Lisa, has served as my own private tour guide on many occasions.


"The Sunken Garden and the Garden House"


"I think one of the things I like the most about visiting Filoli is the structure of the gardens. Each 'room' is so full of character, from the flowers and trees to the hardscape statues and fountains. So each visit I can delight in the colors of the season within the constance of the overall structure. From each part of the garden, I am tempted to keep exploring by the glimpses into the next 'room.' " . . . Lisa Haley

"The Knot Garden"

Fiery blossoms and deep shadow in perfect harmony.

If you are in the bay area, the perfect antidote to our gloomy weather is a marvelous day wondering aimlessly about the grounds of Filoli Estate. The property so named from the credo of its builder, William Bourn - “Fight for a just cause; Love your fellow man; Live a good life.”

'Fi'ght, 'Lo've, 'Li've - "Filoli" - wise advice.

happy weekend,
tartanscot

images from the Filoli website and from the private collection of Lisa Haley.

11 comments:

LadyeLisa said...

Thought of another reason I love Filoli Gardens . . . they are magical ! Like your posts!

Blushing hostess said...

I need both a garden house and a sunken garden... tomorrow is going to be along day.

ArchitectDesign™ said...

wow, could that place be more beautiful?? Those gardens -that front entrance!!

Lisa Borgnes Giramonti said...

OMG, it's gorgeous! Every nook and corner tells a different story...I love it. So many ideas to inspire me in the creation of my own (very very Lilliputian) garden...Thank you (yet again) for another amazing post! xx

La Maison Fou said...

What a wonderful place! Thanks for the garden tour!
L

GrannySmithGreen said...

Drool.

little augury said...

a beautiful place. the knot garden is my ideal of them all. la

Laura [What I Like] said...

Oh my heavens that purple field is gasp-inducing! Shades of provence...how I wish I was back there in god's country!

home before dark said...

When I told a young friend I was going to create a knot garden, she said, "You mean a virtual garden with not a thing in it?" You bet. Great images. Beautiful gardens.

Jenn said...

Wow, these pictures have me swooning. I especially love the last two. Something about the knot garden reminds me of a piece on ornamental grasses in a recent Martha Stewart Living. Looks like an impressionist painting.

katiedid said...

Oh! You lucky thing! These are gorgeous gardens!!!

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