In a typical year, I make it to the Ruth Bancroft Garden (RBG) three or four times if I’m lucky. This year has been anything but typical. Just since July, I’ve been to the RBG six times already!
A couple of times I met up with friends from out of town, including Hoover Boo of Piece of Eden. And last Sunday I went with my friend Ursula from Davis. In fact, she was the one who suggested it since I’ve talked so much about the RBG over the years.
Agave parrasana and Senna artemisioides
Ursula and I spent almost three hours wandering around the garden. Fellow succulent aficionado Stephen Lysaght, the RBG’s garden host, gave us a tour of the shade house where smaller, more sensitive succulents live. You’ll see some of them below.Thanks to a thin cloud layer, the light was nicely diffused, which made for softer photographs than I’m usually able to take at the RBG.
Let me share with you the wonderful sights I saw on Sunday. As many times as I’ve been to the RBG, I still find new plants to photograph—or new ways to photograph familiar ones. That makes me happy,
Trees planted on the outside of the wall along Bancroft Road provide a beautiful wall of color at this time of year
Agave nickelsiae (formerly known as Agave ferdinandi-regis)
Possibly Aloe fosteri
Brunsvigia josephinae just leafing out. This is one of the most spectacular South African bulbs.
Ferocactus pottsii fruit
Flowering aloes and dried flower stalks of Puya berteroniana
Bromelia serra ‘Variegata’
The next set of photos was taken inside the shade house.
Agave isthmensis ‘Ohi Raijin Shirofu’
Agave guadalarajana and NOID Dyckia
Dyckia hybrid, maybe ‘Brittle Star’
Now we’re back outside, continuing our zigzag through the garden. I don’t think I’ve ever crisscrossed the garden quite as many times as I did last Sunday!
×Mangave ‘Espresso’, a creamy-edged version of ‘Macho Mocha’
Ursula, meet opuntia. Opuntia, meet Ursula!
Agave cerulata ssp. subcerulata
Aloidendron ‘Hercules’. Hard to imagine mine has the potential to reach this height!
More fall color
Agave parrasana with particularly attractive teeth and bud imprints
More fall color on the other side of agave land
Agave applanata ‘Cream Spike’. Look how many babies there are!