Today's Eye Catchers At The Huntington

A Tabebuia emphasizes the "yell" in "yellow".  

They must have worked out the filtration system issues in the Chinese Garden Lake.  The murk was gone. 

Interesting:  a blue Agave colorata has a green inflorescence.  
The main Aloe bloom is complete, but there are still flowers here and there:
Nice clump, that.
Cacti bloom commencenth.  Magnificent Mammilaria magnimamma. Mmmmmmm!

Huge.  
 Even more huge
Huge and dramatic
Intriguing--why is this broken urn of succulents lying discarded in the subtropical garden?  Can a raccoon wander a quarter of a mile carrying twenty pounds of concrete and plant? 
 In my garden something like this I dump in a moment of exhaustion, and ignore for a year or two, despite walking past it several times a day, day after day.  At a botanic garden, it's an amuse-yeux mystery. 
Lavish lushness, even in the Desert Garden.
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If you can't have rain, a gorgeous late winter day will do.  

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  1. Oh, I hope it still looks this good in May when we're planning to visit. The Aloes won't be blooming, but I'm sure plenty of other stuff will.

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    1. Many Cacti are blooming in May, along with Yucca and possibly Dasylirion, and there are always some Aloes in bloom year round--not at the same level as January, but still plenty to look at. The big show in May is in the rose garden and the Shakespeare garden. Even if you don't like roses, it's still quite fabulous.

      Go as early in the day as is possible and visit the Desert Garden either at the start of the day or at the end of the day, as it will already be quite hot in May. In the hottest part of the day, alternate between the air-conditioned art galleries and the shadier gardens such as the Chinese, Japanese, and Subtropical.

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  2. Pictures of the Huntington are always an inspiration. How lucky you are to live so close! Your first picture with the reflection is stunning & I keep going back to look at it. Lavish lushness - swoon!

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    1. It was a particularly beautiful day. Happy you enjoyed the photos!

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    1. my exact reaction to your PNW garden shows.

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  4. How close do you live to the Huntington? I envy you, being able to go whenever you file like it :-)

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    1. It's not super close--40 miles is not a quick jaunt in LA traffic, but if we go early it's not too bad.

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  5. Oh, beautiful...! On Thursday there's a talk -- "Aloes on My Mind" -- and I hope to attend. "A plant sale[!!!] follows the talk" :~)

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    1. Yes, I'm thinking of going myself.

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  6. The thought of a raccoon carrying off a concrete planter - that's something from my nightmares! Here, they do carry off little things all the time - garden gloves, seashells from the fountain, even the fountain's small filter. (It took me 2 days to find the latter.)

    The Agave colorata's bloom created a nice echo in color and shape of the barrel cactus below.

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    1. I don't envy you at all. Lawn removal didn't help? Here they continue to head straight for the neighbor's lavishly irrigated lawn, so I'm more at war with the squirrels who ate most of our avocados and who are starting in on the valencia oranges. Grrrrr!

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  7. Beautiful photographs dear Hoover, the reddish-orange Aloes look wonderful and the Agave too and the many colours and shapes of foliage. The water in the lake where the duck is swimming looks very refreshing. The broken urn of succulents is mysterious.
    xoxoxo ♡

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    1. I'm still wondering about that broken urn. A bit of mystery in a garden adds something special!

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  8. Since I can't visit the Huntington on a regular basis, I feel very lucky to have discovered you to do it for me. Kniphofia is the closest I can come to those swoon-worthy Aloe flowers.

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    1. Happy to be of use! Sometimes I worry people get tired of all the Huntington posts. Maybe not?

      Kniphofias are cool. I killed mine--not enough water. Must try again...

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  9. I laughed at the image of a raccoon carrying that pot away and dropping it. Beautiful shots of beautiful plants.

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    1. Thanks, Amy. I wonder what did carry that pot out there. It was so odd.

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