Monday, June 20, 2022

The door was unlocked...

It's official. I'm sharing the unexpected side of the LA County Arboretum before I roll out a post full of beautiful botanic garden images on Wednesday. Last Friday I walked you through a collection of potted rhipsalis and epiphyllum. Today I take you here...

I tried to ignore it, instead focusing on the colorful aloes.


But as I wrote when I shared a few photos on Instagram, "Somehow walking a pristine botanical garden doesn’t quite have the same charm as happening upon an old decrepit glasshouse containing hundreds of drying aloe offsets. The mark of the gardener always gets to me—and yes, I probably shouldn’t have been here but the door was unlocked..."

Looking thru the glass...


And deciding to just go ahead and nudge that door open a little further...


Susan Eubank/@arboretumlibrary commented on my Instagram post explaining what was going on with these plants: "The garden staff is refurbishing the south part of the African section. These plants were taken out of there and are awaiting their new place."

Dead? No. Just waiting for their new home. Pretty cool sighting.

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15 comments:

  1. AnonymousJune 20, 2022

    Judging by the screws ripped out of the frame, the greenhouse seems more broken into than unlocked. Not much to steel in there so maybe someone seeking shelter...
    Those drying racks are quite unusual.
    Chavli

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    1. True, but I hope it was because the key to the paddle lock went missing. They look so neatly removed.

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  2. I'd have been tempted too. I hope they didn't leave the aloes unattended for too long. I remember that you made this trip in November so at least they (hopefully) weren't baking under glass.

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    1. Yes, I imagine the summer temps could get sizzling...

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  3. It is sad to see all those aloes drying up .. curiosity killed the cat remember ! LOL ..

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    1. But if they were replanted they'll be fine. They're laid out so carefully.

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  4. Pretty amazing how tough these plants are. They look dead but will come back. That's why I love succulents.

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  5. Oh, sorry, but that's so very sad. Last I was there, so many of the Aloes were infected with gall mite. Hurt to see it.

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    1. I got the "sad" reaction on Instagram too. I don't feel it, but understand. As for the gall mite, I saw a couple. Ugh. Not good.

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  6. AnonymousJune 20, 2022

    I,d love a greenhouse like that . Another great expedition . We do like sneaking about with you .

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    1. Right? Wouldn't that be fabulous? Glad you enjoyed coming along.

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  7. Aloe zombies! Hopefully Susan is right and they get to live again.

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  8. I was intrigued when I saw your door photo on Instagram. Now I know what's behind the door, mystery solved :)

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