Things are looking pretty bloomy over at the SF Botanical Garden right now. Yesterday I blogged about the aloes going crazy, but the fuchsias are freaking out all over the place too. I’m a big fuchsia fan. We have to have at least six in our new garden.
I’ve been obsessed with salvias lately. This is one of my favorites. We planted one we picked up at the garden plant sale for crazy cheap this summer and it’s been blooming ever since. An old Oakland neighbor with a fabulous front garden had one that I was obsessed with. For all things salvia check out Flowers by the Sea.
I’ve always liked the corally colored guy in the upper succulent garden. The entire garden is looking pretty great right now.
You may not know this, but we gave our child the middle name Aloe. Check out this link for more posts about aloes. We like them a lot. Here are a few more reasons you should get over to the garden for the aloe fun fest:
We couldn’t miss out on the SF Botanical Garden when we were back in town for a visit. I think the Puya alpestris pictured above is blooming right now, so you should go check it out. Check out our blog about the Puya insanity at SFBG last year.
Zoe & the Kniphofias
Zoe loves traveling around in the Ergo. It’s pretty amazing to be able to nurse and walk around looking at plants without anything hanging out.
Taking advantage of our warm weather here in SF, we headed to one of our GoTo spots for dazzling displays of color…the SF Botanical Garden at Strybing. Speaking of gorgeous, this yellow bell-shape bloom above is a Bomarea species. It seems to meander in and out of the other cloud foresty shrubs while showing off its dense umbel of flowers.
Bomarea sp - Climbing Alstroemeria
Here’s another Bomarea buddy in a shade of reddish-orange. They have tuberous roots and belong to the Peruvian Lilly Family (Alstroemeriaceae). Odd tidbit about Bomarea, the leaves are resupinate…that is, each leave twists from the base so that the top of the leaf is actually the underside.
Colletia ulicina - Cunco Rojo
Colletia ulicina is another cloud forest bloomer found in Chile where locals call it Cunco Rojo. Those aren’t lime green leaves you’re seeing, they’re short spiny thorns…ouch. Oh…check it out, J.G. in S.F. has the sweet pic of Colletia ulicina. Wow!
Ribes - Flowering Currant
Ahh, the Ribes are starting to pop…Cactus Jungle has a recent pic. It’s a sure sign that spring is just around the corner.
Roldana chapalensis – Groundsel
Roldana chapalensis is an intriguing shrub. Frankly, I can’t remember ever seeing it before, but the large-scale blooms and odor caught my attention. It had one of those guilty pleasure scents…I thought it smelled a little off, but couldn’t stop sniffing it.
Puya coerulea var. violacea - Dark Purple Puya
The succulent section was looking glam. These Puya coerulea var. violacea (Dark Purple Puya) were standing proud with their stiff, sharp and silver leaf blades.
Agave parryi var. parryi mescal and friends
Can’t get enough of this Agave parryi var. parryi mescal (on the bottom right). Yes, the drought tolerant peeps are looking lush.
Wollemia nobilis - Wollemia Pine
Okay, we’ve searched a couple times at Strybing looking for this Wollemia nobilis…aka the Wollemia Pine. Well, we finally found it! Yeah, we could have asked for directions, but that takes all the fun out of it. BTW, the Wollemia Pine is pretty rare. Check out an early post of one we found in the East Bay.
One last adorable show of color during our hike. We couldn’t find an ID for it, but thought somebody probably knows what it is. Any guesses on this purple bloomer? Before we forget, Strybing is having a plant sale this Saturday Feb 11, great time to load up.
The day after Thanksgiving I headed up to the foggy SF Botanical Garden to see what was happening. The succulent section is looking super sweet right now with all the Aloe arborescens freaking out. They’re starting to go nuts in gardens all over town right now, too. Winter Aloe bloom time is one of my favorite flower seasons. Check out the mega-giant Agave salmiana starting to shoot out a flower.
Lots of crazy tree daisy action going on. This one smells like cupcakes. Sweet, sweet cupcakes. I think I stood in front of it for at least five minutes just sniffing. It’s right off the main path that goes by the succulent section at the bottom of the hill across from Puya hill.
Vertical Agave attenuata
I wish I had a rock wall of my very own to shove full of succulents.
I’m still obsessed with Brugmansia sanguinea. This one has some really nice coloration. Ours isn’t as deep red. I still get a little freaked out when I see how big our “little” guy could potentially get (I’m still in denial about its size).
There were masses of Cuphea micropetala blooming in the Exhibition Garden, which I often forget to visit.
Nerine bowdenii was going completely crazy in the South African section. There are masses and masses of it looking pretty all over the place.
Pretty Protea repens
One last pretty bloom. Check out our buddy Derek’s blog post on Plantgasm for more cool pics (he went the day after me). More pics from my visit are here on flickr, too.