Posted on Sunday because I was too tired when I got home on Friday, and I spent all day Saturday reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (which I was delighted to find at Red Hill Books a few blocks away from where I live. I picked up my copy Saturday around noon, but the bookstore had a party Friday night and stayed open until 1:30 a.m. Saturday morning. She told me they sold 150 Harry Potters. Two people in line in front of me and the woman behind me all bought the book, and they had three two-foot stacks of pre-ordered books wrapped in paper and ready for pick-up. Anyway the book was good and I enjoyed it very much. None of my predictions turned out to be correct, which is typical.)
Now back to the Botanical Garden...(I was here yesterday too):
I was here for a volunteer appreciation party. Last year when I was unemployed, I volunteered extensively. This year, I'm working again so I mostly volunteer for evening events and monthly sales, but I also do some nursery work from home in the form of growing native plants from seed. Last week, I dropped of several 4" pots of Keckiella cordifolia and Berberis nevinii.
People volunteer in different areas at the nursery. I, obviously, work with CA natives. These are shrubs people. The lady in the yellow sweater is the fuchsia lady. She has a lovely southern accent; I'm not sure exactly where from.
The guy in the yellow sweater is Bernie. He has a small installation and maintenance business named Dirty Hoe. He brings home brew every year; this was a hefeweizen. We worked together a little bit in the meso-American cloud forest last year.
Mostly I socialized (and got caught up on the coyote situation from one of the gardeners), but I did sneak out to visit the garden for a bit too.
I didn't get a good picture of this tree, but its name is Dais cotinifolius, from South Africa, in the Thymelaceae, which is a family I don't know much about, except that it includes Daphne (but not thyme which is in the Lamiaceae, obviously).
And I don't know what this blue-flowering plant is, but I like it.