Thursday, July 26, 2018

UC Davis campus, with an Aloe focus...

Looking back on my April trip to Davis I'm amazed at everything I saw and did. I was only there about 34 hours but I attended two days worth of meetings, toured Gerhard's garden and went out to dinner with his family, got a good night's sleep (what a waste of time!) and got to see a good chunk of the UC Davis campus and Arboretum (previous posts here, here and here). Good thing I've got a fast photo finger!

We (Gerhard and I) toured this section of the campus after the PHS Saturday meeting wrapped up and Gerhard (kindly!) picked me up and made sure I saw more of the campus before taking me to the airport.

The plantings were near the UC Davis Botanical Conservatory and worked their way around the campus buildings. Like going to school at Pitzer College I fear I would be late for class because I wasn't able to tear myself away from the plants.

The Cycad covered in needles from the conifers above reminded me of a friend's continuous battles with those things. What can you do when they just keep falling from the sky?

I think this bloomer may be Gasteria acinacifolia.

I suspected, based on the flower shape, but a look at Gerhard's blog post from Feb of 2017 seems to confirm it.

Because I faithfully read Gerhard's blog I know that root ball belongs to a fallen Aloe marlothii hybrid.

Here's its top.
Kumara plicatilis, formerly Aloe plicatilis

Aloe melanacantha

That cutie is a Euphorbia, but I can't remember which one.
Cycad madness!

Xanthorrhoea sp.
Yucca torreyi? (maybe)

Oh the blooming Echium...*swoon*

Tall bloom spike...

From a little Agave victoriae-reginae

I'm not so sure I like this combo of Tradescantia pallida and Aeonium. The one I previously shared, of the Tradescantia and Echium wildpretii was more my style.

Come back tomorrow for a look at the Australian section of the Arboretum.

Weather Diary, July 25: Hi 97, Low 62/ Precip 0

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  1. Do they have a horticulture program? Like you, I'd be focused on all the great plants if I were a student there. How nice of Gerhard to pick you up and let you see some more of this great garden before you had to leave.

    1. They do! Quite the excellent program too, judging by all that I saw.

  2. You made great use of your trip, not that I'm at all surprised. I'm very impressed by all those blooming aloes and I'm beginning to think I need to follow the advice I've read on-line and fertilize mine.

    1. You might ask Gerhard what he does, I think he gets a good crop of blooms on his.

  3. A great selection. Arboretums are like museums for plants. Fabulous!

  4. Che spettacolo, soprattutto le prime immagini! Qui il clima non permette queste piantagione :)

    Ti auguro una buona serata!

  5. Great selection. It wish I could grow more aloes in the UK, would be amazing to have some more in the garden

    1. I agree, I wish I could grow more up here in my garden.

  6. You had me at "aloe." Sorry, couldn't help myself. You actually had me at "cycad." I would have so many cycads if I lived in that climate...and if I had the money to afford those expensive plants, but this is a daydream so of course I do, right?

    1. Right! There were many in Austin too, although those typically showed some winter damage.

  7. I've seen these cycads and aloes dozens and times but I never get tired of them.

    Gasteria acinacifolia, correct.

    Tree-like euphorbia: Euphorbia lambii

    Xanthorrhoea sp. is actually Dasylirion longissimum.

  8. I love Cycad. I also appreciate the lovely tall wall that is the backdrop for some of them.
    How is it that the Agave victoriae-reginae doesn't get pulled out by it's own bloom? Its kind of crazy long spike. I also think Tradescantia pallida is better with silvery plants, like, lets say, Echium? OMG, its a show stopper.

  9. Wow—UC Davis! I must go! Just when I think I can’t be amazed further by the state of California, I am wowed anew. Thanks so much (and to Gerhard’s generosity as well!) for sharing these.


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