Lots of flowers, more than I expected, especially in the Desert Garden. The day was glorious--cool, with a thick gloomy cloud cover.
Blogger in habitat:
No, I'm serious. After months of unrelenting heat and intense sunlight, gloom is good.
They've been watering more. From Adenium boehianum...
...to Agapanthus 'Ellamae', the gardens looked great.
Not in bloom, but how can I not post a photo of Agave ovatifolia?
Aloe africana x cameronii.
Aloe known--A. reitzii. It likes some shade and more summer water than it is getting here. My own plant is not yet large enough to flower. This plant was chest-high, the flower higher.
Speaking of Aloes, I always check on the fallen-over Aloe suzannae that continued to grow long after falling over. On this visit, it was gone. Awww.
Bananas in the subtropical garden. Yes those little green things are bananas.
These little green things are apparently the foliage of the Boojum tree. Huh. How 'bout that?
Borzicactus sericatus. Note the dusting of pollen on the flower petals. No wonder bees roll around in the flowers.
A mass planting of a ruffled Echeveria made a great show.
Lots of ruffles.
Now we come to the most spectacular flowers in the Desert Garden this visit, Echinopsis hybrids.
'Lochinvar'. They look like supermodels with their mouths hanging open. But in a good way.
The photos do not do them justice. They were far more beautiful than what my camera and skill could capture.
'Anastasia' had a very inconveniently placed hose bib.
No flowers on this fuzzy fluffy cactus, but there was something familiar about it, something likeable...almost petable...reminded me of something...
Oh, yeah. That's it.
This cactus flower was hiding behind a shrub of some kind. It would escape notice but for that wonderful flower.
Some sort of carrot-relative thing(?) in the Herb Garden
Also in the Herb Garden, sunflowers. The Herb Garden looked vastly improved over Septembers past. Even the pros need to experiment to develop a particular place to its best. Or else they just watered more.
Near the sunflowers, purple-flowered beans with purple stems and purple pods.
Desert garden again, the path snaking through Mammillarias and Golden Barrels.
Pedilanthus (now Euphorbia) bracteatus.
Red Whiskered Bulbul, descendants of escapees, checking for ripe palm fruit. There was an effort to eliminate them from Southern California, but that was back in 1985. Still here.
Rudbeckias in the Shakespeare Garden.
Stapelia. It was early and cloudy and cool, so no flies.
Several clumps of Stapelias were growing in the shadows of Golden Barrels. Stapelias seem to like afternoon shade--at least my clump does. Those in this photo look stressed. I might too with a barrel cactus looming over me.
This Trichocereus flower bud was about 10" long (25 cm). The open flowers must be enormous.
This next plant was a surprise. It was in flower so drew attention to itself. I've noticed it out of flower in the past, when it had no label. Now newly labeled as x Poellneria, the flowers looked Aloe-like, or perhaps like an Aloe-Gasteria hybrid, but not quite. I could not find much information on x Poellneria, other than it might be a cross of Poellnitzia and Gasteria. More searching: Poellnitzia rubriflora, a monotypic genus--the plant is now placed in Astroloba(?) so x Poellneria can(?) be called Gastroloba(?) It's all botany to me.
All I really wanted to say was...the flowers are purdy!
Although perhaps it was the flowers under a cool overcast that made me feel so good.