Secret Gardens of Balboa Park

Visitors to San Diego’s Balboa Park have much to thank the original planners early who worked tirelessly early in the last century to lay down the bones of today’s wonderful setting.  Visionaries like Kate Sessions, the “Mother of Balboa Park,” envisioned a broad urban park that rivaled the grand parks of Europe and the East Coast.  Throughout what is now Balboa Park they planted hundreds of trees, laid out stately gardens, and hidden alcoves that the public could enjoy year round.  They were known as “progressives” and how progressive they were!  Read on to discover a few of the many…

New Lens and Old Friends

Kongo got a new lens over the weekend and went to the zoo today to try it out.  It looks like a keeper!  The monkey never gets tired of going to the San Diego Zoo and hopes his gentle readers don’t get bored either.  Mrs. Kongo just rolls her eyes and says, “Zoo AGAIN?!”  Enjoy.

Garden Knock About

After a week on the East Coast Kongo checked out what was going on in his front gardens.  August is a slow month for plants at the monkey ranch.  The Agapanthus are long gone, the Iris’ have shrunk, the succulents are fat and happy, and the Birds of Paradise are saving up for another round in the fall.  These were all that’s left under the watchful eye of one of Kongo’s garden angels.


As the monkey headed out for an afternoon walk yesterday he was struck by a profusion of blooming Daylilies in his front yard.  The technical name for these flowers is Hemerocallis which comes from the Greek words “day” and “beautiful.”  These wonderful flowers certainly live up to their name but the blooms only last about 24 hours.  Fortunately there are lots and lots of buds so the next few weeks should be wonderful!