Aloe 'Hercules' Progress And October Light
Here's a young 'Hercules' of about the same size at the Huntington Desert Garden:
We have October foliage colors in Southern California. The colors are similar to the displays in temperate climates, but the foliage is different. A glowing orange in Echeveria agavoides:
A beautiful mass of small Crassula, Echeveria, Sedum, and Gasterias in the afternoon light:
Rather than mellow autumnal pumpkins, the large orange fruits from Encephalartos arenarius:
Squirrels were squabbling over the Encephalartos fruit, and crunching on palm seeds in a nearby Jubaea/Butia hybrid. The squirrel looked orange, too.
Nice trunk on that Jubaea/Butia hybrid:
Woodpeckers worked at the trunk of a Phoenix canariensis. Dried Alluadia flowers to the right.
Alluadia and Cussonia paniculata remain their typical green.
Yellow not in the foliage but in a lavish floral display from Choisia insignis:
Yellow flowers soon from a young Aloe dichotoma. A fallen brown Sycamore flower mixed in the Aloe foliage.
Now what is that? Look down at the lower right...
Stapelia, complete with flies.
Autumn in Southern California can be more the quality of the light and air than anything else. A softness to the light, a mistiness to the air, and some, not all, of the leaves are brown.