October at the Ruth Bancroft Garden
The members only fall plant sale has undergone some procedural changes that leads to a much more leisurely experience than past events. I expect this was the intent, as the plant sales have become increasing popular and with that comes the inevitable traffic, parking and long lines at checkout. It seems to me after attending both the spring and fall sales this year that they have improved things significantly. Unfortunately for this particular sale there was no longer an early opening time for members , thus my opportunity to take some nice morning light photos was gone. Naturally it was a bright sunny day with nary a cloud or wisp of fog in view.
There are several bed renovations ongoing here, one of the nicest is an area near what used to be the main entrance , where Bouteloua gracilis 'Blonde Ambition' is planted among the Agaves.
I have started a small collection of Gasterias, but thus far I lack good id skills, and only one of the plants I own currently came with a label.
The blooming Silk Floss tree gives this view a springlike aspect.
I think I take a photo of this grouping of Agaves every time I visit..
A sad state of affairs..
My small group of purchases ..Two Haworthias -the tiny far left is H. attenuata 'Super White' and the large green behind it is tagged only as 'species'. Continuing to the right is Aloe aristata , Aloe melanacantha , and in the front yet another unlabeled Gasteria and to it's left xGraptoveria 'Silver Star'. The Gasteria is fairly common so an internet search should provide me with a name.
Black-spined Aloe up close...