Part of my continuing series on our October trip to California… The day we visited the gardens was the day after a huge storm swept through the area. We were so lucky! The sky cleared and it was a beautiful day, due to the rainfall everything smelled so fresh and wonderful. It was just perfect. Evidently it was a perfect day for the areas termite population too, as they were out in mass and, well, mating. It was remarkable. We noticed them “in pairs” on the rocks and pavers and small swarms in the air. Several landed on us, most of the time leaving their wings behind, stuck to our clothing. I did a little research and found this online: “The big event of the year is of course the mating flight of reproductives, which seems to happen simultaneously for all members of a species in an area. Immediately after the flight is over, they break off their wings and then proceed in bonded pairs to dig out their first subterranean home.” Freaky.
Starting up roughly where I left off yesterday…
Love this name! Pingo-Pingo Ephedra andina…the 'Pingo’ is the ground cover-ish plant in the back ground. Unfortunately I am not sure what the dramatic plant in the foreground is, no label.
Euphorbia broussonetii from the Canary Islands Puya and their dying blooms. Puya are part of the Bromeliaceae family, along with Dyckia, Vriesea, Tillandsia, Hechtia, and others. Sea-urchin Cactus Echinopsis chiloensis Erythrina falcate, we wondered if the holes were part of the tree or some sort of insect damage. They seemed far to patterned. I found someone online who attributed them to Woodpeckers. Erica longifolia or Long-Leaved Heath
Cussonia spicata from SW Africa
Cussonia spicata again, these are dormant terminal growth buds. Aloe mitriformis - Purple Crown from South Africa Aloe spiral close up (sexy!) Aloe rivae, from Ethiopia
Aloe rivae close up There were so many lizards! SF Botanical Gardens were alive with squirrels, Berkeley Botanical Gardens were alive with lizards, and they were just as tame as the squirrels!
Okay this is it, my new favorite must have aloe...Aloe capitata var. quartziticola. Look at this aloe! I almost considered ripping one out of the ground and just running for the car. Isn’t it HOT!? If I had any idea how completely unavailable it would be online (I’ve since looked and looked…) I might have just done it.
Close up…(beautiful!) Aloe plicatilis Fan Aloe
Agave parryi var. huachucensis, from Arizona, so dramatic! I had to include another picture All the label said was ‘Agave sp. Mexico’ Another photo, isn’t it beautiful? I want to know what it is! Love the angles on this (also unknown) agaveAgave ovatifolia from Mexico
Don’t they look like they're lined up and gossiping?
Cyphostemma juttae from. South Africa There was an Agave that had bloomed and was dying, I love that they left it in place so people could see the stages of death Pachypodium lamerei in the greenhouse
Agave Americana ‘Mediopicta Alba’ ? Outside the greenhouse and near the ‘sales area' (yes there is a sales area!) in the entry plaza...If I lived in the area I would be there every week to see what was for sale. As it was there was nothing available during our visit that temped me. I did enjoy seeing these Yucca Blueboy, they reminded me of the Yucca A. Purpurea that I bought in Washington at Tsugawa. Perhaps I need to get a couple more!
Well, that's the end of this tour of the Berkeley Botanical Gardens. I whole-heartedly recommend a visit if you are in the area, I cannot imagine that you would be disappointed.