Today we take a quick trip around the Australian Garden at the Huntington, photos from my December 2019 visit. One of the grass trees, Xanthorrhoea...
I've never known the origins of the Australian Garden at the Huntington (or if I did I'd forgotten), so it was interesting to read: "Directly below and parallel to the Subtropical Garden, this five-acre open expanse of trees and shrubs offers a pleasant contrast to the paths and manicured lawns located on the hilltop. Early photos of this area show a grove of young Washington Navel orange trees. By the 1940s the orange trees were past their prime and 1,000 eucalyptus trees from the U.S. Department of Agriculture were planted to test their viability as timber. By the 1960s this dense planting had become an overgrown fire hazard and the trees were drastically thinned, leaving only the most interesting and attractive specimens. Informal groups of other plants native to Australia were interspersed among the trees, and the area was opened to the public in 1964." (source)
I believe this is Grevillea 'Peaches and Cream'...
It's a beauty.
Doryanthes excelsa, commonly known as the gymea lily.
I was a bit early for the blooms...
...and unfortunately I didn't get the name of the sculptural cycads keeping Dory company.
Eucalyptus caesia subsp. magna 'Silver Princess'
Oh so photogenic!
And another eucalyptus, this one Eucalyptus macrocarpa, commonly known as mottlecah.
Since I came across this beautiful image in the "public domain" I thought I would end this short post with a drawing by Walter Hood Fitch done in 1847: "This is a plate from Curtis's Botanical Magazine, Volume 73. Title: Eucalyptus macrocarpa. Large-fruited Eucalyptus, or Gum-Tree. It depicts the species Eucalyptus macrocarpa."
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