"You can observe a lot by just watching" -- Yogi Berra
Watching and thus observing at the San Diego Botanical Garden today. This Aloe 'Hercules' branches at knee-height. Mine has branched at 10'--what determines the height at which it branches?
A smallish Aloe with an interesting open and vertical growth habit.
Aloe arborescens, as it begins to flower.
At this, my favorite moment in the process, the flowers display a fetching blue tip.
A garden sculpture frames an Agave shawii bloom stalk.
Aloe shawii cluster
Agave horrida, possibly, beginning to send up its flower stalk
Ferns in the foreground, a sculpture in the middle, a Quercus suber behind.
What a pure crimson this bromeliad displays!
Bromeliads do not require brilliant crimson color to dazzle.
Opuntia helleri, native to the Galapagos Islands. The fruits feed the giant tortoises of those islands.
From a different angle, the flower looks quite different.
Aloe ferox is flowering early here. The ones at the Huntington were not showing any signs of flowers a couple of weeks ago.
Didn't see the label for this Aloe
This Agave shawii is a lot different than the huge clump earlier. This one is solitary and huge, shoulder-high. Perhaps it has its own personal sprinkler at the roots, to make it so fat and happy.
There were a group of sculptures for sale throughout the garden. Some of them (like this one) were quite nice, but they were also quite expensive. This one was $19,000, plus tax.
Plants are cheaper, and not without sculptural form. A Restio:
Dioon foliage + sunlight
Acacia covenyi, flowers just forming.
Sky. No one can charge for that.
Nice hair, dude.
Gerbera jamesonii 'Everlast'
Watch, and you may observe.