12/02/2006

Ruth Bancroft Garden

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For you, dear readers, I ventured into deepest suburbia today to bring you pictures from the lovely Bancroft Garden.

This is the land called Walnut Creek.

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Were you here when I visited the Ruth Bancroft Garden last time? It was June then, now it's December. What does it look like now?

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More leaves on the ground, but that Tecoma stans is still covered with yellow flowers six months later. No, that's not Tecoma, it's Senna bicapsularis. This was not blooming in June.

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Leucospermum. No, I don't think that's right either.

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Brachychiton rupestris

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Brachychiton discolor for sale.

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They've got frost structures up already. You can see them in the background. Apparently, the suburbs get frost from December through March.

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Frost isn't a problem for the giant agaves.

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Of which there are many.

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I guess it can be a problem for Beschornea tho' (right?) We're inside a frost shelter here.

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Trichostema lanatum, Lamiaceae. One of my favorite natives.

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Short-lived. The one looks like it's nearing the end. The foliage smells nice and the flowers attract bees.

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Another southwestern desert native native, Cercidium floridum. Palo Verde.

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We'll come back in the spring to see it in bloom.

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This is my favorite picture for today:

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8 comments:

Christopher C. in Hawaii said...

I look forward to the rest of the tour.

I think your Tecoma stans is really a Senna. I am not sure which species. Senna wislizeni would be my first choice or Senna arnottiana maybe.

chuck b. said...

I think you're right. The leaves are very Senna-like.

Christopher C. in Hawaii said...

The full grown Agaves and other succulents in this collection are inspiring. They would all grow perfectly on the dry leeward side here in Kihei. Some times it is a true shame that everyone wants the typical lush tropical junglescapes and ignore our true desert climate.

I covet the Brachychiton rupestris big time.

chuck b. said...

Senna bicapsularis.

chuck b. said...

Whenever I see a bottle tree, I always think it's got like the tree version of goiter. If I could stop notions of botanical illness from immediately entering my mind, I would like these trees more than I do. As it is, they're momentarily interesting and photogenic, but I just want to move along.

Christopher C. in Hawaii said...

I'll have to do a photo post of Gout Plant, Jatropha podagrica for you then. If I hadn't been resticted by "The View" above me, I may have long ago succumbed to the temptation to buy seeds of the Baobab Tree and planted one of those here.

lisa said...

Oooh! LOVE those agaves! They rot for me here, but I'll get one to survive here someday! Senna, huh? I would have guessed some sort of locust tree...I have bristly locust
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bristly_locust
The leaves are very similar, but the flowers are pink.

Brendan said...

I think you Leucospermum is Grevillea 'Robyn Gordon'

Nice photos!