What's Blooming At The Huntington September 2, 2018
A red Lotus in the Japanese Style Garden
We visited the Huntington yesterday. What was blooming after an extremely hot summer? Plenty. We took a different path than usual around the garden, going left at the entrance towards the Conservatory Meadow instead of straight through to the rill and Desert Garden.
Grasses and Abelia flowering in the Conservatory meadow
Lagerstroemia 'Black Diamond Crimson Red' aka 'Ebony Fire'
Cyperus papyrus, maybe.
In the Chinese Scholar's Garden, water lilies:
Liriope in the Japanese Style garden
Lagerstroemia there, too.
Also in the Japanese Style garden, Callicarpa. Not common in Southern California; popular elsewhere.
In the Subtropical garden, Hibiscus ovalifolius, native to east Africa
In the Australian garden, possibly a Melaleuca...
...but undoubtedly Pandorea jasminoides 'Rosea'
As well as Brachychiton discolor, an Australian rain forest plant, but from drier rain forests. Is there such a thing as a drier rain forest?
This might have been Eremophila. Glorious.
Then on to an area of mixed region plantings. Agapathus, which is from South Africa...
...then Campsis radicans, from the eastern US.
While we're here, note the green shrub below the Campsis. That's a Mexican Mahonia, M. chochoco. Did you know there was a Mexican Mahonia? It has the yellow flowers and deep blue berries of other Mahonias, but the foliage is soft, without prickly tips.
While we are digressing on Mahonia, did you know there's one native to the Los Angeles basin, M. nevinii? It's mostly extinct in the wild, maybe because the Los Angeles basin is mostly housing and concrete now. The berries (red, not deep blue) are a favorite of the Western Bluebird, and therefore worth planting for that alone. The flowers feed, yes of course, hummingbirds. I think I need to find a spot for M. nevinii.
But back to blooms, now in the Desert Garden. Every Beaucarnea seemed to be flowering.
Agave parrasana is not a big Agave, but it puts out a seriously stout flower stem.
Echinopsis 'Sleeping Beauty'. The photo fails to capture the glowing peach color. This is a gorgeous one, folks.
Desert Willow there on the left under an overcast sky. The marine layer lingered; September 2nd was the first day since July 2nd Los Angeles stayed below 80F.
Ferocactus emoryi, maybe
Some other Ferocactus, maybe
Brilliant orange and red Caesalpinia pulcherrima
Notocactus warasii said the sign, though I learned some people would rather die than call a Parodia a Notocactus, so maybe it's a Parodia.
Cleistocactus? These bloom year round at the Huntington.
The daintiest Opuntia flower of them all? Opuntia quitensis. Note the ants. The flowers were tiny, maybe a half inch.
Opuntia erectoclada aka Tunilla erectoclada may be a garden hybrid and not a true species. Pretty flowers, regardless.
Stapelia in a come-hither pose.
We ended our morning by going up through the Rill garden towards the exit. Tropical waterlily
The summertime Rill plantings were pretty much bloomed out. Time for Autumn change out soon, I expect.
Grasses and Salvias as we left.
Unfortunately we skipped the Rose and Shakespeare gardens this visit--the madding crowds were streaming in and the sun was burning off the marine layer. Time to skedaddle.