Rockery where bromeliads are plunked in along with hardier permanent residents.
Rhapsody in blue - ceanothus and iris.
More iris begging to be photographed.
Front of the house which now has the name Villa Catalana.
Walking around the right side of the house there's this lovely view of one of the man-made lakes.
I love the contrast of spiky dangerous cacti with their delicate-looking flowers.
Looking up from the cactus bloom. How does one make a lake one wonders.
Sweet ribbon of Kalanchoe thyrsiflora. No, these aren't hardy here but they can be dug up and wintered over under glass or plastic as the case may be.
Sitting on the side porch/pergola there's a fab view as well.
This rose is grown all over the walls of one part of the garden. Anyone know what it is?
Growing almost poetically on this balustrade.
Furcraea gigantea 'Variegata' is so handsome!
Looking back at part of the porch/pergola from below.
An herb garden 'round the back of the house.
Love this combination of purples and gold!
Down the path a bit is this view of a garden shed across another man-made lake.
The ducks seem to enjoy it!
View across the first lake back at the house. The steps form a kind of amphitheater. Great place for a wedding, concert or to sacrifice your children to the lake god as the mother in this picture is obviously preparing to do.
All that and pond lilies to boot.
This is a bit random - below the pergola/porch is a great terrace also enjoying the stellar views. This place was made for entertaining! There's also a vineyard on the grounds.
I like how other people's combination pots look as mine never work out as well.
The walk between the lake and the vegetable garden.
A laburnum allee.
Kitchen? door leading out to the herb garden.
A new favorite combination: Setcreasea with neon yellow geraniums (pelargonium.) I think it's 'Crystal Palace Gem.' Can you imagine the riot when the fluorescent pink blooms join the mix. I've gotta try this, especially since I have both of these kicking around.
There are several specimens of this rarest of all bananas in the solarium. I couldn't stop staring at them. Others were in the queue for the wine bar and were more interested in that. Can you imagine?
Walking from the back of the house approaching the porte-cochère of which I didn't take a picture. If you'd like to see it, Loree posted a great picture of it here.
After building lakes, this must have been a piece of cake.
We're back at the front of the house.
Hope you enjoyed our little walk around these beautiful grounds.