Irresistable weather and a trip to Strybing Arboretum
The weather in San Francisco has been remarkable...warm and sunny, no clouds, no fog---simply breathtaking. I couldn't resist heading over to Golden Gate Park's Strybing Arboretum to see how the collections were showing off...I wasn't disappointed! This is just a small sampling of the luscious bloomers there--the Michelias were mind boggling, fragrant towers of flowers...
|Berberis darwinii--This is giving me some garden lust!|
|Ribes sangineana--A mighty delicate-looking flower for a tough CA native!|
|Perfect patch of Armeria|
|Hard to ignore the lavish Helleborus argutifolias|
|Telanthofora grandifolia--and grandifolious it is!|
|I love Symphytum (comfrey)--a great groundcover to include in permaculture practices |
and for dry shade.
|Rhododendron hybrid 'John Mclaren'|
|Protea cynaroides (King Protea)--and in pic above|
|The Ericaceous plants (Heathers, for one--also Rhodos) really strutting their stuff!|
|Erica arborea (below, too). Much more magnificent in the space than in a pic.|
|Azolla caroliniana--aquatic duckfoot fern!|
|What the?! Yellow flowered Rhodo--someone please ID for me...|
|Aloe arborescens also giving quite a show...|
|And all the Proteacea (Leucadendrons and Protea, etc)...pretty stunning.|
|Native Pacific coast Iris|
|Giant Montanoa leucantha arborescens in flower (native to Mexico)|
I'm also lusting after Pinus pseudostrobus (Apulca Pine--also native to Mexico), which is stunning in person. About 40 ft tall with large scale branches, covered with hanging glaucus needles.
An august observer of all the flouncy flowers.
|Native Arcostaphlos pumila (maybe A. hookeri??) covered in charming flowers, |
like all the Manzanitas.