UC Davis early December aloe check
The other day I showed you how the winter-blooming aloes in my front yard are doing. Some should be in flower at or shortly after Christmas, depending on how many warm days we get between now and then.
I also took a quick trip to the UC Davis campus on Sunday to check on the progress of their aloes. They have some very nice plantings (see here).
Read on to see what I found.
|Yellow-flowering Aloe arborescens outside the Botanical Conservatory greenhouses on Kleiber Hall Drive|
|I was surprised to see it this far along since the red-flowering specimens on campus are weeks from blooming|
|Does anybody know if the yellow form blooms earlier? Or maybe it's just a fluke.|
|I really like this color of yellow|
|It's a nice change since most aloe flowers are red, pink or somewhere in between|
|Aloe littoralis inflorescence emerging from the center of the rosette|
|Aloe africana outside of Storer Hall|
|Red-flowering form of Aloe arborescens|
|Aloe bed between the Sciences Lab Building and Haring Hall|
|Only one aloe species is in bloom here at this time, but what a glorious sight it is: Aloe suprafoliata|
|A clump of Aloe suprafoliata that's a bit behind the others|
|Aloe suprafoliata. In contrast, the large Aloe marlothii behind it |
doesn't have any flowers yet, just old remains.
|Not much is happening yet in the bed in front of the Sciences Lab Building on Hutchison Drive|
|However, this Aloe marlothii is pushing out a flower stalk|
Aloe suprafoliata and yellow-flowering Aloe arborescens aside, it'll be a while yet before the UC Davis aloes are at their peak. This gives you enough time to plan a weekend trip in January. Parking is free on the weekends--a big benefit in my book (normally $9 for visitors).