It's supposed to rain for a few days, starting tonight. Then it will be clear again.
I had some errands and a date for lunch at the Botanical Garden this afternoon. After lunch, I strolled and took some pictures.
It was hard to escape the gray.
Things on my mind: recent events at the Zoo (putting me in an especially sour mood), scheduling a follow-up appointment with veterinarian (Penny came down with giardia while we were in Hawaii over Thanksgiving--a protest statement? The symptoms are gone, but we need to make sure the parasite is gone), paying for a swing I want to put in my garden (I saw one I like in Half Moon Bay; it costs $500, and that doesn't include any kind of delivery expense which I haven't figured out yet), finding a job (vs. not finding a job), and wondering why I didn't bring a jacket because it was rather cold.
What is this? I have no idea. If there was a sign, it was obscured under rampant growth.
There are still many plants here that I don't know anything about.
Most of the flower action's in the South Africa section right now. This is Leucadendron 'Red Gem'.
This would be a good time to visit the arboretum at UC Santa Cruz. They have a large collection of Protaceae.
Pretty flower, but a ton of strappy foliage.
This pink Protea always makes me think of a bird. Don't those look like feathers?
This is a tree I don't see very much, Luculia pinceana (Rubiaceae). The flowers are highly fragrant and sweet.
The nicest specimen I know of is just outside the Botanical Garden, between the two entrances. This one seems too woody.
Do you know the name of this fern?
Could it be an especially pink Dryopteris erythrosora? I think of D. erythrosora as being more copper colored, but "erythros" means red.
Quite a lot of pink today. Let's move on.
More Protaceae. These are Banksia.
And this is Plectranthus; I'm a big fan. I helped to plant this patch.
Sometimes this plant has a different texture when you approach it from the shady side; I like that.
Melianthus major has foliage I admire too.
This reflects how I feel a little bit today. Pointed and sharp.
But if you actually touch it it's not sharp at all.