2020 in review: January—March
Hindsight is 2020. A bad pun, I know, but I've been wanting to say it all year. And now that I've indulged myself, I won't say it again.
I want to take this opportunity to review what 2020 had in store for me as far as gardening and plants were concerned. Garden visits and opportunities to hang out with fellow plant nerds were few and far between, but as far as our plants were concerned, 2020 was just another year with a long dry summer and a dry fall.
Originally, I'd planned to do one consolidated year-in-review post, but to my surprise I had more ground to cover than I'd expected. To keep the number of photos manageable, I'm going to cover one quarter per post, for a total of four installments.
January was the beginning of aloe season. Ours were just starting...
|Our aloes getting ready to flower|
but the aloes in John Miller's Oakland garden were in full bloom when I visited him at the end of the month:
|Aloe ferox collection|
|View from the deck at the lower end of the garden|
Aloe season heated up in February, both in our own garden...
...at the Ruth Bancroft Garden in Walnut Creek...
|Brian Kemble, the curator of the Ruth Bancroft Garden, leading an aloe walk. This was the last public event that I attended pre-COVID.|
|White-flowering Aloe ferox|
...and on the UC Davis campus:
|Aloe excelsa (back), Aloe marlothii hybrid (front)|
|Jeff Moore (left) and Ernesto Sandoval (right)|
|Welwitschia mirabilis from Namibia, one of the strangest plants on the planet|
|Euphorbia misera, a shrub native to San Diego County—in my opinion criminally underused in gardens|
|Lachenalia aloides var. quadricolor from the Cape region of South Africa|
|Pearl acacia (Acacia podalyriifolia)|
|Pacific madrone (Arbutus menziesii) flowering more exuberantly than I've ever seen in the UC Davis Arboretum|
|Opuntia ficus-indica trying to break out|
In March, we began to realize that 2020 would be different:
|Seen on Interstate 5 as we picked up daughter #2 from university in Southern California|
|Aloe speciosa × barberae, a hybrid created by Nick Deinhart|
|Ceanothus 'Julia Phelps' and Aloe 'Moonglow'|
|Renovated Echinocereus cactus bowl|
As the reality of COVID-19 began to sank in, I canceled a trip to Phoenix, Arizona literally at the last minute. I hardly ever buy travel insurance, but I had this time (intuition?), so fortunately I was reimbursed for my flight and hotel reservations.
On to April—June: getting used to, struggling with, and finally accepting the realities of the pandemic.
- 2020 in review: January—March (posted December 28, 2020)
- 2020 in review: April—June (posted December 29, 2020)
- 2020 in review: July—September (posted December 30, 2020)
- 2020 in review: October—December (posted December 31, 2020)
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