My final stop at the UC Davis Arboretum began at the formal community entrance, the gateway between the City of Davis and the UC Davis Arboretum. Artist Chris Fennell created this arched entry...
400 shovels strong! All donated by the local community.
The reason for our visit here was to get a look at the Australian Collection of plants. You can see a map of the Arboretum here, and get an idea how the Australian Collection (right hand side) fits into the overall scheme.
The size of these Callistemon blooms, oh my!
I love to capture them unfurling.
Another type of bottle brush.
There were so many Anigozanthos (kangaroo paw) blooming here. It was hard not to want to photograph each and every one.
That white shrub! I wish I could tell you what it is, besides remarkable.
And oh my! The Banksia!!...
I simply cannot get enough of their post-bloom cones.
I had to resist the urge to tear them off the shrubs and instead started searching the ground for fallen cones.
Luckily I found a few.
This section of the Arboretum hugs Putah Creek.
It was very picturesque in places.
OMG, I get to walk under a weeping Callistemon.
We ventured on to the strange ceramics cast-off area that Gerhard covered in this 2017 blog post.
It was all so curious that I couldn't stop taking photos.
Gerhard discovered this is the home of the UC Davis Cermaics program and that "The 7,200 sq. ft. building was bought from the federal government as war surplus in 1947 and used as a dormitory building, fondly referred to as The Warehouse. In 1951 the building was converted to a combination police station, mailroom, and storage area. The art department began taking it over in 1961; Robert Arneson arrived in 1962. By the end of the 1960s the entire building had been given over to the ceramics program and a metal foundry."
Of course I was just as enthralled with this fence/Opuntia combination as Gerhard was.
It's quite the artistic installation all on its own.
It was time to tear ourselves away from the ceramics though, and trek back into the garden proper.
Wollemia nobilis, wow!
This beauty is a Grevillea, G. robusta...
Aka Silky Oak.
And this beauty is Grevillea 'Mason's Hybrid'
Such amazing flowers...
I'm not the only one who was appreciating them.
One final Banksia (B. marginata I believe) before it was time to head to the airport and my flight home...
Weather Diary, July 26: Hi 97, Low 64/ Precip 0
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