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Santa Barbara Botanic Garden Bling

March 19, 2013 by Megan Speckmann | 6 Comments

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

I keep finding good pics from our trip back to Wisconsin last May. We hit up almost all of our favorite plant places including The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden (it’s all California natives and all awesome). It was foggy when we visited, so the poppies weren’t open. I think that purple-blue plant is Penstemon heterophyllus, but I’m not 100% sure.

Salvia leucophylla

Hurray for California native Salvias!

Salvia spathacea

Just for fun I’ve been checking out Ceanothus varities online, since I want to plant one when we move back. I think ‘Kurt Zadnik’ might be the one. I like this description from Yerba Buena Nursery,“The same species as ‘Carmel Creeper’, this selection differs in having a slightly smaller leaf, brilliant midnight purple flowers, and in that it has not been planted over thousands of acres of the state. ”

Mimulus and more!

 

Even more Mimulus

Pretty sure this looker is ‘Pamela’ but not 100%. I’ve been starting a list of CA native plants we’re going to need in my head.

Agave shawii

Another cute little reasonably sized agave I’ve always liked.

Phacelia sp.

Hot, hot Heuchera ‘Canyon Delight’

That’s it for now, but did you notice I didn’t include our all time favorite CA native succulent that starts with D? It’s coming soon.

Prickly Parts

January 14, 2011 by Megan | 4 Comments

Shaw's Agave - Agave shawii

Shaw's Agave - Agave shawii

It was as gorgeous morning when we cruised through the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden.  As you know we popped over to the Dudleya section first, but check out the color on this Shaw’s Agave (Agave shawii).  BTW, Rancho Reubidoux has some excellent pics on the A. shawii flower spike.

Santa Barbara Botanical Garden (overview)

Santa Barbara Botanical Garden (overview)

The garden is divided up in many regions and here’s an overview of their spiky succulent Desert Section.  Lots of old growth plants live amongst these sandstone boulders.

Coastal Prickly-pear - Opuntia littoralis

Coastal Prickly-pear - Opuntia littoralis

Native to Southern California, this Coastal Prickly-pear (Opuntia littoralis) grows to about 3 feet tall, but can keep expanding far wider in dense clumps.

Agave parryi ?

Agave parryi ?

No ID tag found on this guy, but think it may be the Mescal Agave aka Parry’s Agave (Agave parryi).

Giant Coreopsis - Coreopsis gigantea

Giant Coreopsis - Coreopsis gigantea

This succulent has made our short list of our must have plants.  Another native to CA, Giant Coreopsis (Coreopsis gigantea) gets yellow daisy-like flowers and a thick fleshy trunk.

Agave species

Agave species

Here’s something we haven’t thought of before.  This Agave was planted on its side.  Sorta like you just took the plant and chucked it in the garden.  Well, it seems to be thriving.  I wonder how it would look when it gets super big.

Santa Barbara Botanical Gardens

Santa Barbara Botanical Gardens

As we kept exploring the 5 miles of paths, we left the succulents and now headed over to check out some of those sweet perennials.

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