Tuesday, May 12, 2015

My visit to the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden, Part Two

We're back at the  Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden (here is Part One) ...

And I'm wandering around in awe of those Euphorbia (okay the aloes are pretty sweet too)...

Amazing.

A Sonchus, perhaps Sonchus canariensis.

That's another glowing just under the Dracaena draco on the right.

I was a little obsessed with them.

Again today I'll recommend you click over to the blog Piece of Eden, where Hoov did a great post on the Arboretum's Australian Forest. She names names and pays much more attention to detail than I was able to do.

I just wandered and snapped photos.

Wait, I actually captured a photo of the sign for this one: Isopogon anethifolius, Narrow-leaf drumsticks. (check out how cool the flowers are here)

An Acacia (I think)...

Perhaps Acacia cultriformis?

Dodonaea viscosa 'Purpurea'

And now for something completely different...

If you're following along on the map I'm crossing by Bauer Lawn and Fountains, headed south to the prehistoric forest and Baldwin Lake.

The shade was welcome at this point, I was getting a little sunburnt. It's not so nice for photos that convey the rich colors though...

I spotted a turtle through the trees.

And then more: small, medium and large.

That is some seriously big bamboo.

As you've probably figured out, I found the palms, lake, blue sky and mountains quite gorgeous.

Queen Anne Cottage, I think you could tour the inside (?), I didn't.

Tempting to go for a paddle...

Well, all good things must come to an end and I am headed to the exit.

Well, not before I sit down and enjoy a cool beverage at the cafe, and make the acquaintance of a local...

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28 comments:

  1. Those Euphorbias look like Leucadendrons from a distance, lovely! The sort of place that you need a couple of days to fully explore, if not more.

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    1. That's what I thought they were too. I was so confused, thinking there were euphorbias that I just couldn't see . . .

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    2. I went back and looked at the photos with my Leucadendron glasses on and I see what you guys are seeing. Sorry about the confusion!

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  2. I can't believe it took so long for the L.A. Country Arboretum to appear on my radar. Thank you for so many beautiful photos.

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    1. And I'm looking forward to beautiful photos from you when you finally visit.

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  3. FANTASTIC!!!!

    Thank you for every photo ... :-)

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    1. So glad you enjoyed them Ragna!

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  4. Never new it existed before your blog this week. Thanks!

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  5. Like a visit to a foreign land.

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    1. Indeed, but they speak the same language, use the same currency and drive on the same side of the road!

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  6. Like Mark and Gaz, I thought the Euphorbias were Leucadendrons at first. But they're crazy big 'Sticks on Fire.' Love the cool blue colors in your shade photo.

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    1. I should have called them out as Euphorbia tirucalli, my bad.

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  7. What and amazing collection. I love the way the Euphorbia's are popping up all over in SoCal. We saw people using them as privacy hedges in Laguna Beach...just too cool. I believe they are Euphorbia tirucalli 'Sticks of Fire' I have some in a pot and it got down to 20 degrees with no problem.

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    1. There are a couple in Fillmore, CA, that are as tall as trees. Pretty darn impressive.

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  8. The acacia is acacia covenyi. It is quite hardy actually. Even more beautiful when in flower.

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  9. Wow, this is too beautiful!! how can gardens like these exist?

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    1. It's all about the climate.

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    2. And some funding and committed volunteers/ staff doesn't hurt either!

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  10. Great photos! It's been too long since I've schlepped out that way. After years of commuting downtown for work, I've developed an aversion to driving through downtown LA to get anywhere.

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    1. Is it bad no matter the time of day? (I suppose that's a stupid question).

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  11. Perfect place to get a sunburn in December. Sounds like you enjoyed your visit!

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  12. I've never seen a Sonchus before - in fact I didn't know such a thing existed. Very cool - now I want one. So many great photos. Made me want to take a roadtrip!

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    1. Not hardy of course. I brought one back from the Bay in September, it's not looking so good.

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  13. Those euphorbias are pretty fantastic! The aloes, too. The lake area looks like paradise. I would love to explore the cycads and tree ferns.

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