Blooming Berkeley

 Most winter Saturdays here involve hunkering indoors and looking forlornly out windows at mud and standing water . None of that this year-yet. I motored down to Berkeley which was downright balmy and cloudless. At the University Botanic Garden you won't find lush highly designed perennial borders or beds of annual color. The rose garden is full of Chinas, Damasks, and Noisettes, with a killer view of the Golden Gate. Areas are divided by global region; with plants diligently labeled and naturalisticly arranged. Clearly a teaching garden, with a consistently interesting plant palette.

Cussonia spicata


Awesome gigando twin Banksias.

More Aloe action

Agave vignette

Oooh la-la, I love Restios.


  1. Well, that's a howdy-do! Berkely Bot. is precisely where I intend to be this Friday. I've never visited before. Too early for the roses, I suspect.

    1. Well, how about that ? I'll be thinking of you while chained to my awfice desk. There were a couple China blooming, but other than that the rose show there is probably several weeks off. The winter interest stuff is still in ascendancy.

  2. Thank you for the tour! I love that garden too but just can't find time to get there. I am glad you gave me the chance to go virtually!

  3. Lovely, lovely photos...enjoyed them, thanks!


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