Saturday, December 15, 2018

December Bloomday

December's Bloomday always sneaks up on me. The weather outside is frightful, and being inside is so delightful, thus I must admit the garden's blooms are not on my mind. But, one must document, so I grab the camera and head outside...

Mahonia x media 'Charity', trustworthy, golden, worth suiting up to see...

I was surprised to learn my two Mahonia x media 'Marvel' are going to bloom for the first time. Sorry the photo is blurry, the wind was fierce.

Arctostaphylos x ‘Austin Griffiths' is starting to open, much to the delight of the garden's hummingbirds.

Fatsia japonica blooms are another favorite with any birds, and any buzzing creatures, which still may be out and about.

Abutilon Nuabyell

And Abutilon Nuatang couldn't care less what the temperatures are.

Eriobotrya japonica as well.
Edgeworthia chrysantha ‘Akebono’ is ready for next season's blooms, but still hasn't dropped last season's leaves.

Edgeworthia chrysantha 'Nanjing Gold' has.

Although oddly it's kept some of its old blooms. I see the hummingbirds attack them with extreme interest so I wonder if there isn't something valuable within all that fuzz.

Juniperus conferta 'Blue Pacific' cones, although they don't look the part.

Most of the outlying areas and many places in the city have experienced a frost, if not a hard freeze. Not here in my garden. The Tetrapanax papyrifer buds still show promise.

I've picked up a few pieces that the wind has broken off, they're starting to open, but I'm not holding my breath for full on bloom.

Persicaria microcephala ‘Red Dragon’ flowers are still small bits of perfection.

And a few Calluna vulgaris 'Stockholm' flowers are opening.

There are a few Grevillea miqueliana flowers open, but again the wind made photographing them rather difficult.

Inside the SPG (shade pavilion greenhouse) Alstroemeria 'Indian Summer' is trying to open its buds.

The NOID Bougainvillea is still happy (as is the one in the ground, although it's not blooming)

And Correa 'Ivory Bells' is making bells...

Back outside I was surprised to see there are already fragrant flowers open on the Hamamelis x intermedia 'Rochester'.

And although it's not a flower I'm sharing the colorful leaves of Ensete ventricosum 'Maurelii', because I can't believe it still looks so good on December 15th!

As always Garden Bloggers Bloomday is hosted by Carol at May Dreams Gardens. Only 5 months until May's Bloomday!

Weather Diary, Dec 14: Hi 56, Low 39/ Precip trace

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Friday, December 14, 2018

Boyce Thompson Arboretum Fridays, Part 2

We're back in Arizona for the second installment of our visit to the Boyce Thompson Arboretum last June. Today's coverage starts with this fabulous sign urging visitors to touch, smell, listen, look closely, and be curious. I'm all for touching plants and appreciate that it's not only allowed but encouraged. Still I found the wording rather humorous: "Sometimes you can better appreciate nature's textures by using a soft part of your skin—the underside of your wrist, your cheek, or your upper lip—to feel an interesting object. Be careful—there are a lot of spines and prickles in the desert!" Good lord! Ya, I'm going to feel an Opuntia with my upper lip...

According to the map we briefly wandered into the Australian garden, perhaps this is an Australian palm?
And Australian Cycads?

The Arboretum is some 323 acres; Andrew, and my brother, sister-in-law, and nephew took off to hike a trail around the outer edge, I didn't join them because I wanted to venture onto the trails that took you through the Chihuahuan Desert sections and on to the Cactus and Succulent Garden.

I think they called this Dover's Wool Shed, but I don't know why.

This tree was remarkable for the amount of shade it cast, while appreciating that feature I spotted it's hijacker...

Now I'm obsessed with the idea of growing an Opuntia in one of my trees.

The Smith Building, which I learned was the original visitors center.

Since the garden was practically deserted on the day we visited (the locals know not to visit in the June heat?) I was afraid I wouldn't be able to get inside and check out the plants in the greenhouse.

Thankfully that wasn't a problem.

Ariocarpus retusus

Love the Agave macroacantha and its planter.

Unfortunately I wasn't able to gain entrance to the lath house.

Back outside I wandered around the children's garden for a bit.

But wasn't really sure where it ended and the rest of the garden began.

I wish I would have been able to find a name for this interesting fellow. I thought it was Stetsonia coryne (aka toothpick cactus) but that doesn't look right when I check the photos on Google images.

Lizards move so fast, I always feel victorious when I manage to get one in a photo.

Agave ocahui

That's quite the Saguaro skeleton! Next Friday we'll walk the Chihuahuan Desert trail.

Weather Diary, Dec 13: Hi 56, Low 43/ Precip 0

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