Osynium nigricans. Closely related to
Sisyrinchium, and sometimes placed in that genus. O. douglasii is native to California, but this one is from Chile.
A purple Oxalis in the foreground.
Dainty. Tunilla (also Opuntia) erectoclada. A pure, vivid crimson.
There was a war going on over this bathing spot between several hummingbirds. A goldfinch arrived unaware of the battle and was attacked by this hummingbird. The hummingbird of course won the spot.
Aloe thraskii, stately. This one was slightly bleached by the May heatwaves. Aloe thraskii is, in nature, found right on certain sandy beaches of South Africa and is vulnerable to extremes of heat.
A blooming Cycad pushing out a new set of leaves, with a blooming Plumeria above it. I could inhale the scent of the Plumeria from where I stood. Beauty assault on the eyes and nose. Ahhh!
Didierea trollii, a relative of Alluadia procera. Both are endemic to Madacascar, and are being wiped out by the human population for use as cooking charcoal.
Their thorns cannot protect them from our ravenous species.
I liked the solitary red canna flower in the wide sea of green.
Trichocereus or some such. I'm not a cactus person. Yet.
One of my favorite trees at the Huntington is the Kashmir Cypress, Cupressus cashmeriana (C. tortulosa). This beautiful tree is a recent replacement for a far more spectacular one snapped off at the base by an errant microburst of wind in 1997. A sensitive species that is badly harmed by hot, dry weather, which my garden has in plenty--otherwise I would plant one
That guy there at the end left the line to use his iPhone. The other guys are waiting to throw rocks at the rabbits eating the grass. No?
Just what caught my eye that day.