Friday, July 13, 2012
Huntington Garden Fridays, chapter 2
This is the second of a month-long series on my recent visit to the Huntington Botanical Gardens. You can see "chapter 1" here.
For me the reason to visit the Huntington is the Desert Garden, it's pure magic...and it’s huge! From their website: “The 10-acre Desert Garden features more than 5,000 species of succulents and desert plants in 6- landscaped beds”
Along the main path towards the Desert Garden we saw a row of plants showing the bloom cycle of the Bromelia balansae ‘Heart of Flame’ from its very beginning as a bright flush of red…
Right through to the end…
Back when I first visited the Huntington in 2009 the Desert Garden Conservatory was closed, this time I got to go inside. This building is home to 3,000 “vulnerable succulents” that may not survive the conditions outside of the greenhouse (from too much water to freezing temperatures, not that it gets that cold in Pasadena, CA). Cotyledon undulata, from South Africa...
Orthophytum gurkenii from Brazil…
Unfortunately I didn’t get names on the rest of the oddballs as it was Memorial Day when we visited and the place was packed with people!
Of course the Agaves we know, Agave victoriae reginae variegata…
Does it look 84 years old?
Agave attenuata ‘variegata’
The same joined with A. attenuata 'Ray of Light' on the right.
Okay back outside it’s time to start our journey…
I made the decision to not try and catalogue a bunch of names but to just enjoy the beauty. It’s one thing to hold up my husband while I’m snapping multiple photos and hunting for the name of the plant, but since we were with a group I tried to not be too disruptive (who am I kidding right? They had to wait for me to catch up several times).
I should also mention that I didn’t use any filters when taking (or processing) these pictures. The sky was crazy that day and as a result many of my photos look hand-tinted…or at least I think they do…
Aloe affinis (South Africa)
Aeonium noble, from the Canary Islands
Aloe plicatilis (South Africa)
And finally, Pseudobombax ellipticum (Shaving-Brush Tree)
Next week we finish our walk through the Desert Garden, we’re only at the halfway point. Oh and the second half is Agave-rific!