Yesterday I began a tour through the Ruth Bancroft Garden in Walnut Creek, California, with photos I took in 2019, today we continue...
The spiral aloe, Aloe polyphylla. I had one of these with a good spiral going, unfortunately I was careless when I took it out of the shade pavilion greenhouse one spring and it was burnt so badly by the sun that it would have taken forever to grow out of the damage, I just tossed it.
Last spring Alison of the blog Bonney Lassie brought me a baby plant she grew from seed, it's amazing how much it grew over the summertime. I'm being very careful with this one, no sunburn— and no snails!
Another amazing Agave ovatifolia...
The agaves are numerous in the garden.
The flowering plant is a sonchus of some sort, I'm not sure which one, but they're all in the dandelion tribe.
Acacia cognata 'Cousin Itt'
Agaves I'm not going to attempt to identify...
Agave 'Sun Glow'
I have no memory whatsoever of the plant these "cheese curl" blooms were attached to. **UPDATE: according to Gerhard these wacky blooms belong to Acacia denticulosa**
The nursery! Wanna buy some plants? I know, me too...
Opuntia sulphurea 'Penca'
They were getting ready for a plant sale the day after our visit, so there were extra tables set up. That's new visitor/education center building behind the plants.
Doesn't this sign seem to say "you know you want to come back here, but you can't... so there!"?
Wowsa! This aloe was next to the parking lot. **UPDATE: it's an Aloe karasbergensis, thanks Gerhard!**
This guy is just daring you to try and park there. Doesn't it look like he could slide right off the wall and on to the front of your car?
$225 and this beauty went home with someone.
I'll finish this post with a look at the "fence gang"...
This is a smart way to secure a plant while it roots.
I hope you have a chance to visit the garden sometime soon, after things return to some semblance of normal...
Weather Diary, Apr 2: Hi 52, Low 40/ Precip .07
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