Monday, September 2, 2013

Late summer at UC Davis Arboretum Storer Garden

Yesterday we had a rare overcast day. Knowing that it would make for good photography, I went over to the Ruth Risdon Storer Garden at the UC Davis Arboretum to see what’s looking good at this time of year. You should be your own judge, but I think there’s quite a bit to appreciate even after a long hot summer.

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Naked lady (Amaryllis belladonna) and sea kale (Cramba maritima)

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Naked lady (Amaryllis belladonna) and sea kale (Cramba maritima)

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Naked lady (Amaryllis belladonna)

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Aloes (Aloe striata × maculata)

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Aloes (Aloe striata × maculata) and datura (Datura wrightii)

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Tower of jewels (Echium wildpretii)

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Spider agave (Agave bracteosa)

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Mexican grass tree (Dasylirion longissimum)

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Mexican grass tree (Dasylirion longissimum) and desert spoon (Dasylirion wheeleri)

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Desert spoon (Dasylirion wheeleri)

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Variegated Spanish dagger (Yucca gloriosa ‘Variegata’); educated guess since there was no plant tag

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Variegated Spanish dagger (Yucca gloriosa ‘Variegata’)

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Eastern prickly pear (Opuntia compressa)

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Summer tapestry

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Cenizo or Texas ranger (Leucophyllum frutescens)

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Cenizo or Texas ranger, compact form (Leucophyllum frutescens ‘Compactum’)

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California fuchsia (Epilobium canum) and giant needle grass (Stipa gigantea)

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California fuchsia (Epilobium canum)

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California fuchsia (Epilobium canum)

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Echeverias in a shady spot (Echevaria ‘Imbricata’)

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Dallas Blues switchgrass (Panicum virgatum ‘Dallas Blues’)

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Dallas Blues switchgrass (Panicum virgatum ‘Dallas Blues’)

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Dallas Blues switchgrass (Panicum virgatum ‘Dallas Blues’)

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Agave americana ‘Medio-picta alba’

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Remains of sea squill (Urginea maritima), looking quite sculptural

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Plantings in front of restrooms

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Echevaria ‘Imbricata’ and rain lilies (Zephyranthes candida)

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Rain lilies (Zephyranthes candida)

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Maidenhair grass (Miscanthus sinensis ‘Sarabande’)

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Spineless prickly pear (possibly Opuntia ficus-indica 'Burbank's Spineless')

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Mexican tulip poppy (Hunnemannia fumariifolia) and amole (Beschorneria yuccoides)

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Beargrass (Nolina bigelovii)

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8 comments:

  1. So many great plants and a wonderfully big stand of the sea squill. I need to add this arboretum to future NoCal road trips.

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    1. Denise, the UC Davis Arboretum is well worth seeing. It's 100 acres so allow a few hours. There's no admission charge.

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  2. "Sea Squill" is my new favorite common plant name. :)

    Wonder why they grow the Opuntia compressa instead of something native? (or is compressa native out there too?)

    I wish I could grow Dasyliron.

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    1. I've been looking (casually) for sea squill bulbs for a few years but haven't found any yet. A cool plant for sure.

      Opuntia compressa isn't native to California but I think they chose it because it forms a low-growing mat and it's quite visitor-friendly as far as opuntias goes.

      I have a Dasylirion longissimum in a pot. I love the way it looks, even as a relatively small plant.

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  3. Gerhard, were there any seedpods on those sea squills? I've been wanting some for years..... and I have access to a greenhouse..... Sue

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  4. Thanks for the pictures of the Naked Ladies! You know how much I love them. And they smell as beautiful as they look! Guess I will have to try keeping one in the house since I don't have any luck with them in the ground!

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  5. Bella Donna, a reminder that autumn is just around the corner. Lovely pics and plants as always, and could do with making time to visit a garden soon...

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