In full disclosure, I am not particularly competent in Aloe naming, though I am on a crusade to improve this in 2018. I think because so many are not hardy or very marginal in my garden I haven't taken the time to learn more about them. Because I took very modest precautions with winter protection for those I do own and can claim 100% success, I am ready to push the envelope.
Aren't they beautiful ?
I believe this is Aloe ferox. I bought 2 small plants last fall, and have them in containers. I have no idea where to put them . Don't trust me on the ID though.
This is Aloe wickensii , lots of photographer activity around this clump of Aloes.
The frost tunnel is still up at the garden and you can get some pretty nice
images inside the structure when the light is right.
And sadly, one of my favorite Agaves in the garden is a goner .This Agave gypsophila is blooming and on the road to well, the end of the road.
And speaking of doomed Agaves... I love the asparagus quality on this one. To the lower right is one of the structures that RBG uses for rain and/or frost protection.
Here are a few more Aloe-centric photos.
A grove of Aloe striata .
Not sure what was going on here.
But the Aloes weren't all that was going on.. If I could just get the damn snails to leave Agave 'Cornelius' alone I might be able to have nice clump like this. They are quite hardy here and are a nice size for a small garden.
More Agaves ..
The morning was pleasantly overcast but eventually the sun came out and we had to contend with the bright contrasty light of Walnut Creek. Going into areas that were in partial shade helped.
The Ruth Bancroft Garden is currently in the process of building a new visitors and education center. It was nice to see tantalizing glimpses of the construction over the temporary fence barrier.