Not the one from New Hampshire. Purchased in Arizona in 2015.
This one, a selection called 'Yellow Hoodie', purchased in San Luis Obispo in 2018:
I've wanted another A. capitata var quartziticola for years. A particularly beautiful species, and being solitary in habit (non-offsetting) it has proven hard to find. I would happily try seeds. Since most Aloes are not self-fertile, I'd need two flowering at the same time. The two I have are shy bloomers.
Happened to see one for sale mail order on the internet--so bought it. Realized after the fact it wasn't from a Southern California store. It was from, yes, New Hampshire, not often considered a hotbed of Aloe growing.
It arrived in good condition, very carefully packed with heat pads to get it out of crisp New Hampshire weather and here safely. It's not unexpected to see it's pale in comparison to the quartziticola on its left in this photo, which I've recently re-rooted in a new arrival/recovery bed.
California sunshine will give it a different look by this time next year. Note how it has grown flattened, to maximize light exposure. It will be interesting to watch it change in response to a different climate and outdoor living, but it will always be special, my Aloe from New Hampshire.
Of course, next week every garden center or big box store I visit will have a hundred for sale. That's plant shopping. If you look for a particular plant a month after you see it for sale every where, you can't find it. Then when you get something else instead, the first one shows up again everywhere.
Also purchased, from a local nursery, a six-pack of 'Seascape' strawberries to add to the three recovered from being mowed to the ground last summer. Blankety-blank rabbits. One of the new plants had a ripe strawberry on it. While I was taking the six-pack out of the car, Boris nipped off the strawberry and ate it.
Also purchased, Teucrium aroanium, a low growing silvery small scale ground cover:
I planted it near Helianthemum 'The Bride', a small-scale silvery ground cover, and near one of several Rhodanthemum hosmariense in the garden, which is also (surprise!) a small-scale silvery ground cover. Nowhere near Lotus hirsutus, though.
On another topic, Aloe flower progress. A. ferox coloring up:
Last winter, Aloe chabaudii colored up to an incredible pink; this year, its first flower stem ever appeared:
Always fun to visit a garden with a fellow plant lover--with family you walk around faster than you might want to. With another gardener, you can both stop and consider a plant for some minutes with neither of you getting the least bit impatient.
We were not overly thrilled with all the Christmas light show decorations going in, but understand that Botanic Gardens need to bring in visitors to help pay the bills.
Giant plastic candy:
After giant plastic candy, the plants are an even bigger relief. Espaliered Loquat:
Those domes amidst the Stock and Mangaves are supposed to be gumdrops:
Bromeliads with orange centers become Bromeliads with red centers:
Back at home, I thought about the health and beauty of the Sherman's Conservatory Marantas. I've got one growing outdoors going dormant for winter, as it always does. The fern is encroaching--I should pot up the Maranta and bring it in for the winter.
Also, remembering the Sherman's Echeveria-adorned stairs, I considered the gully stairway sprouting Trachelium and Campanulas. While the dabs of green are good, plants too large on stairs are not safe. Must remove them. Would petite Echeverias happily grow in the nooks?
One touch of red in the gully garden--not plastic, no twinkle lights, though the golden tips on the Callistemon do look a bit like.