Sunday, January 23, 2011

Sunday Morning in Berkley

 A spirited argument with myself was won by the Garden Visitor , lost by the Garden Worker. But it's ok, the Garden Visitor was home by noon , and the Garden Worker had the opportunity to prune more roses, cut back lavenders and grasses , and watch the bees on the Rosemary.
  The destination  was UC Berkley Botanical Garden , an easy commute at 8am on a Sunday . Distracted..snapping photos, looking at the tags, "I'll remember that name"..right? Wrong.

 So.. Hedgehog Agave ?




Agave vilmoriniana -' Octopus Agave'..took a photo of the label.


Aloes in bloom. The camera was smokin...











I love the Restios, and have been plotting away to introduce them into my small garden.





9 comments:

  1. Ah what a fabulous place! I hope to return someday, and thanks for the reminder that it should be when the Aloes are in bloom!

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  2. those are some of the best photos i've been of aloes and succulents recently. you are right, your camera was smokin!!

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  3. That Hedgehog Aoe sure does make a statement!

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  4. That first photo tears my heart right out. Could they be A. geminiflora? That first restio looks enormous -- maybe Restio quadratus? Garden Visitor here won no arguments this weekend, too much computer work, so your post is timely!

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  5. BEAUTIFUL day in the sun for me. Thank you! It was minus 16F here last night....

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  6. Loree, visiting Norcal in January is risky business , not unlike visiting Portland in January..we are having a false spring event right now, no rain !

    Thanks Laguna !

    Darla, I took about 10 photos of the hedgehog, so cute !

    Denise I id'd as Agave stricta, 'Hedgehog Agave'-similar to Geminiflora, but A. stricta is more leany-moundy, if you know what I mean. And a little shorter I think.

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  7. I'm surprised you had camera batteries left after the outing... I love restios too, and have just one in the garden right now. There are lots of nice smaller species that haven't made it into most nurseries--too bad!

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  8. Beautiful images. Everything looks so exotic to my Canadian eyes.

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  9. Yes A. stricta. geminiflora will often have tiny threads on the edges, stricta not.

    I've had a Restio (Chondropetalum tectorum) suffering in a pot for years and years. Just don't know where to put it--doesn't seem to go with anything else.

    Lovely pictures!

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