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Splendid Strybing


Bomarea sp.

It’s been awhile since we’ve posted anything from the SF Botanical Garden. Last week at my docent training class I heard that folks who don’t think there should be a fee to visit the garden call it “Strybing”, and those that do call it “San Francisco Botanical Garden”. I’d never heard this before, but out of pure laziness I usually call it Strybing.

Brugmansia sanguinea “Scarlet Angel’s Trumpet”

I’m obsessed with Brugmansia sanguinea. So obsessed I planted one in a big container out back a couple weeks ago. I’m  worried it’s going to want more water than I’m going to remember to give it come summer. Apparently it will drop leaves if it dries out. I think my love will help me keep it alive.

Magnificent Magnolia campbellii

Did you know that the very first Magnolia campbellii to bloom in a U.S. garden was right here back in 1940? True story. It’s a precocious bloomer, which means it blooms before any leaves appear. All Magnolias are pollinated by beetles. Thanks to my docent training class yesterday, I learned lots of cool things about Magnolias. This guy is native to the Himalayas.

Aloes & Crataegus mexicana

The Aloe arborescens are still putting on a decent show. The fruit covered Crataegus mexicana in the background is quite a sight too. Native to Mexico, the fruits are edible and used to make a traditional hot Christmas punch. Another random fact from wikipedia: “Due to its high pectin content, the fruit is industrially processed to extract pectin for the food, cosmetic, pharmaceutical, textile and metal industries.”

Salvia gesneriiflora ‘Tequila’

I don’t have anything exciting to say about this Salvia except that it’s sweet. Happy Sunday!


  1. Happy Sunday to you both too.

  2. I love that Bomarea and the Aloe arborescens. Maybe I really need to move to a warmer place … or make enough money to buy and maintain a giant greenhouse.

  3. I’m so glad you’re in the class! Hope you’re liking it. This means, come May, we’ll be able to do Interpretation Stations together!

  4. cant wait to visit Strybing this month and stop by SF garden show as well!

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