Friday, July 27, 2012
Huntington Garden Fridays, chapter 4 (the end)
In the interest of a little showmanship I should have switched the order of these posts around so I could end with last week’s installment, since was definitely the most inspiring. As it is I’m afraid this final chapter might be a bit of a letdown.
Let me set the scene…our group had just finished the long journey through the Desert Garden when we realized the Huntington closed a full hour earlier than we thought. Suddenly our leisurely stroll took on a bit of a hustle, as the others wanted to see a few of the museum exhibits and I dutifully joined in, that is until my husband looked at me and asked what the heck I was doing. Did I really want to be inside not outside in the garden? That’s all the encouragement I needed and I shot back out into the garden with almost an hour left to explore. On our previous visit we barely touched on the Australian Garden so that was my destination, via the Palm and Jungle Gardens.
This palm takes my breath away every time I see it…Bismarckia nobilis
So many palms, so little time…
If I could grow this I would definitely have to plant it so the undersides of the leaves were as visible as the front.
So many bromeliads!
Okay onward to the Australian Garden and this Eucalyptus macrocarpa (Mottlecah), which was glowing from the distance as I approached.
Adenanthos cunninghamii (Albany Wollybush)…
This part of the Huntington lacks the breathtaking display factor that makes the Desert Garden so amazing. There are cool plants, but they are sparsely planted. This, plus the fact that I was now on my own, allowed for cataloguing of plant names. Grevillea ‘Superb’ … (and it was)
Grevillea rosmarinifolia 'Scarlet Sprite'
Grevillea robusta ‘Silky Oak’…it’s a tree! A huge tree…
Anigozanthos flavidus (Kangaroo Paw)
Banksia littoralis (shrub form – Swamp Banksia)
I thought this image was of Leptospermum petersonii but doing a little internet research has led me to think maybe I’m wrong. None of the pictures I could find of L. petersonii showed these great seed pods, just a silly white flower. (update 7.31.12 looks like this may be a Eucalyptus caesia, thanks Auroraaa!)
Also didn’t catch the name on this Callistemon…
Banksia marginata (shrub form – Silver Banksia)
Kigelia Africana (Sausage Tree), and you’re right…not from Australia! Can you see the “sausage?”…
Acacia aneura (Mulga Tree)
Acacia craspedocarpa (Broad-leaved Mulga)
And a few landscape shots of the wonderful trees…
These next photos surprised me; at least my taste is consistent even though I don’t remember things! I LOVED this Bocconia arborea and took a lot of photos.
Just a couple of weeks later (and having forgotten all about the Bocconia arborea) I bought this Bocconia frutescens at Dragonfly Nursery…they are both in the Poppy family and the leaves are very similar!
More images of the Bocconia arborea (which is from Mexico, I must have wandered out of the Australian Garden)…
Right after snapping that last photo I was told by a passing volunteer (for the second time) that the garden was closing and I needed to make my way to the exit. Darn. I’ll be back though…still so much to explore!
Other Huntington Visit posts…chapter 1, chapter 2, chapter 3