Brief LA Arboretum Visit
Our visit this time was typically brief, even though the temperature was quite tolerable--the low 80s F (~27 C). One memorable (though not in a good way) Intercity was over 100F (~38 C)--at 9am.
The Madagascar garden is just a few seconds walk from the Show building. I always enjoy seeing the Bismarkia palms. We have a baby potted Bismarkia at home.
We're going to need a bigger garden:Across from that Bismarkia is the Madagascar Thorn Forest trail. Dypsis decaryi in flower, with a Xerosicyos daguyi climbing its fronds.
We also have a Xerosicyos at home, but it is far smaller.
What a guy!
Their Aloe suzannae is troubled by fungal infections. I'm going to treat mine with a systemic fungicide before the rainy season.
The Pachypodiums were in flower.
This was a magnificent Aloe vaombe on our last visit. Cold(ish) wet winter too much for it?
Uncarina was covered with these flowers
The Alluaudias looked good. Endemic to Madagascar, these are vanishing from their native home. The impoverished human residents burn them for fuel.
We walked to the exit. The heat was increasing; our energy level ebbing. A fine display of Dasylirion and other xeric plants.
Cactus flowering in the summer makes more sense to me after I realized Arizona and northwestern Mexico gets most of its rain in the summer monsoonal season, when moist tropical air pushes up from the equator.
This mass of dark purple-blue Agapanthus said goodbye.
So many plants, so little time.