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Scopelogena verruculata I love you!

This past Sunday afternoon we decided to get some heat, and headed over to The Ruth Bancroft Garden. It was 92 degrees. A little shocking when an hour earlier it was 60 degrees and foggy at the house. I blame the heat on our laziness about taking pictures of ID tags. I got Scopelogena verruculata only because I really want it.  Apparently it has fragrant yellow flowers in Spring. We went nuts and took tons of pictures. They’re all here on flickr, but these are a few faves from the bunch.

Echinocactus grusonii "Barrel Cactus"

Echinocactus grusonii "Barrel Cactus"

Matti and the giant Agave

Aeonium fun


  1. Wonder what the one with the frilly red edges is? Looks like a creature at the bottom of the sea!

  2. Another of my “must see” gardens. Thanks for the sneak peek!

  3. I can feel the heat through my screen!

  4. giant agaves and aeoniums. my day ends happy.

  5. Would any of these survive in Delaware?

    • Not certain about Delaware. The ground freezes there, no? I remember back in WI that a couple of species of Sedum and Sempervivum would survive planted in the ground. The snow would help insulate them. Some of these succulents and cactus may do well as a winter house plant in a bright window…then pop them out for your summers. Matti

  6. Excellent stuff! What is that blooming in the second last picture… Cordyline?

  7. What an amazing place! Your photos are great. Thanks for sharing. Love the ruffles and giant agave! Wow blooming even! Gonna have to check out Flickr!

  8. That is one mean-looking agave. Thanks for sharing your visit with us.

  9. Love the photo of the aeoniums – they look like a giant peacock! Thanks for the tour – the only other time I’ve been to this garden was in the heat of summer when it was about 104 degrees. The garden was thriving, but alas, I was not….

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