Bougainvillea was almost rampant, scampering over hillsides and freeway medians and huge specimens dotted lawns and gardens. This was the view from our hotel window, looking toward Hollywood. Just one block down is the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Grauman's Chinese Theater, etc. but on the right, you will see bougainvillea and plumbago draping the bank.
This was growing in someone's front yard in Malibu along the Pacific Coast Highway.
And this photo was taken at the famous Chateau Marmont.
I don't recall where the following photo was taken. Such lovely landscaping. I was fascinated by the unusual trees.
On to Pasadena, where appropriately roses (particularly "Iceberg" roses) seemed to be growing everywhere. The following garden was incredible and was in front of a government building. I was amazed, I don't think any business around here would ever consider such extensive (and labor intensive) landscaping!
I've read a lot of Hollywood history and about how the mild climate and vast orange groves scented the air and seduced visitors. Both Cindy and I expected a more lush and tropical landscape so we were surprised that some areas were kind of sparse and rugged. A friend told me before I left that some of Los Angeles looked like Muscle Shoals - and he was right. A lot of Los Angeles was rather seedy but I loved it. I can't wait to go back and see some things that we didn't have time for.
In upcoming posts, I'll write about the Hollywood Homes Tours, my visit to the Norton Simon Museum (which had fabulous gardens) and Malibu. Stay tuned!