Sunday, January 24, 2016

Garden Visit Between Rains

 I should have done some much-needed cleanup and rose pruning today , but it's been gloomy and rainy and it seems like I've been nowhere but the grocery store and the office for ages. It was time for a winter visit to Berkeley Botanical Garden-maybe some Aloes would be in bloom ?


   Unfortunately I was a couple weeks early for most of the Aloes. There was a plethora of safety cones and barricades where paths were washed out , and care had to be taken not to step in mud.  Nevertheless, it was a reasonably pleasant day for January and there was plenty to see.



  Unnamed Aloe with one of the many fabulous Cycads in Berkeleys' collection. And speaking of Cycads, sometime last year I decided I was going to collect them -modest sized specimens of course since the prices are palpitation inducing. This is likely justified- I have had a Dioon for at least ten years and it has exactly 4 fronds.


 I'd have to win the lottery to get anything resembling these cone producing guys.



 I swear though , I'd be happy with a frond or two..






 I think most of these depicted are Encephalartos cultivars, but I was a bad blogger and took no notes. Worse, I resolved before I left home to write down names. A one hour drive listening to sports talk radio (one of my sad addictions) and good intentions went where they always go.

 Always the last stop on the way out---would there be Cycads ? Alas no.



13 comments:

  1. My visit of the Berkeley Botanical Garden was many years ago, but I still remember the stunning blue, gray green cycads from your photos. I remember I wanted to buy one too, but no luck.
    By the way I intended to prune my roses today as well, but only got two done. Simply not in the mood and I don't even have the weather as an excuse. It was simply beautiful!
    Warm regards,
    Christina

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    1. Well Christina, you need to go to Lotusland , the Cycad collection there is outstanding. We are having a dry spell so maybe I'll get the roses done this weekend.

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  2. Love the Cycads, I remember first seeing them here in 2009 and then later in the same trip at Lotusland. I was hooked.

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    1. Me too, and they sell them at Lotusland--I think it's time for a return trip.

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  3. My garden travel fever is just starting to wake up, and this post is not helping with that condition!

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    1. I'm having a hard time making travel decisions this year !

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  4. Gloomy and rainy and muddy: you're killing me. Warm and sunny all week. :(

    Fabulous cycads! Now, go prune those roses.

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  5. It's wrong to complain about rain. So I complain about mud instead. Rose pruning has become kind of an artistic endeavor-I'm sure you know what I'm talking about. I go back and back to the same rose, sometimes several days after the initial pruning.

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  6. I fell in love with a Dioon I saw at a local nursery last year. It had no cones (at least that I saw) but it was huge - and I vaguely recall a $400 price tag.

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    1. I may have to settle for Sago Palms !

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  7. An enjoyable field trip for a winter day. I'm too lazy to take notes but instead take pictures of labels to remember names. Love those Dioons but not the price!

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  8. I'm glad you reported on the aloe bloom progress. I was going to go this weekend, but it sounds like it might be better to wait another week. The acacias at UC Davis are behind as well.

    I have a bit of a cycad crush myself. Have been buying small seedlings for the last 3+ years but much patience is needed...

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  9. Those unnamed red Aloes are very luscious. I wish we could grown more of them outside here.

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