2020 in review: July—September
Continuing the year in review...
Back to the Ruth Bancroft Garden for a change of scenery. It's an easy 60-minute drive, and the therapeutic value is priceless.
|Leucadendron 'Ebony' next to a large Agave ovatifolia|
|Erythrina × bidwillii and Agave montana|
|Aloe and eucalyptus|
|Agave ocahui doing the praying hands thing|
|Agave bracteosa flower stalk with hundreds upon hundreds of individual flowers|
|World-famous clump of hedgehog agave (Agave stricta) next to the tour deck|
|Agave “sp.” (always my favorite label) and Mexican weeping bamboo (Otatea acuminata ssp. aztecorum)|
|Bench surrounded by Puya coerulea|
|×Mangave 'Tooth Fairy' (Agave macroacantha and Agave shawii crossed with a purple-spotted Manfreda)|
|Puya coerulea var. coerulea, the truly silver clone from San Marcos Growers|
In August, 300+ wildfires erupted in Northern California, caused by lightning strikes combined with extreme dryness. We weren't in any danger, but a pall of smoke hung in the air for many days, leading to apocalyptic-looking skies and very unhealthy air.
|Early evening sky from our front yard|
|Agave parrasana started to push a flower stalk. Aloe ferox to the left of it fell over for no apparent reason. Up and down, so it goes.|
Visits to private gardens had been few and far between this year, but I had the opportunity to visit the garden of Mariel Dennis, the President of the Sacramento Cactus and Succulent Society (SCSS). I'd last seen Mariel's garden in June 2017, and I was eager to find out what had changed.
|Mariel loves these rolling stainless steel racks for her potted succulents|
|Aeoniums in matching square pots|
|Collection of cactus in a variety of glazed pots|
|×Mangave 'Desert Dragon'|
|Agave parviflora 'Pinpoint', a rare variegated miniature agave|
|New World Desert|
|An iconic view: Agave filifera, Agave parryi var. huachucensis and Agave xylonacantha|
|Agave parryi var. huachucensis and Agave filifera|
|Fan aloe (Kumara plicatilis)|
|The Plant Deck at the entrance is currently closed, but a good selection of plants is available on the Tour Deck|
|Two Encephalartos lehmannii, the one of the left has newer leaves that look much bluer|
The wildfires continued into September. We were safe, but the hazy skies had an apocalyptic quality.
|New in Troy's backyard: a chicken coop with a green roof|
|Tall planters with Euphorbia lambii as vertical accents|
|Masterfully layered planting against the front of the house. The aloe is 'Erik the Red', the silvery plant behind it Senecio decaryi.|
|Dyckias, aechmeas, and echeverias|
|Agave desmettiana 'Joe Hoak' and Aloidendron 'Hercules'|
|Front slope plantings|
|Agaves and aloes|
|One Aloe marlothii and many Agave attenuata|
|Can a succulent-filled garden be any more beautiful?|
|All public garbage cans should be so beautiful!|
|Special display about mangaves|
|Agave attenuata and Arbutus 'Marina'|
|One of the most ambitious living walls I've seen in a while|
|Agave desmettiana with even better variegation than 'Joe Hoak' and Agave albopilosa|
|Agave victoriae-reginae × guadalajarana|
|Hundreds of agaves growing in the Southern California sun|
|Looking down at one of the many shade houses|
|Agave ovatifolia 'Orca' and Agave 'Blue Glow'|
|Aloidendron barberae and several massive cactoid euphorbias, including Euphorbia ammak 'Variegata', growing right in the middle of the nursery|
|Jeff had just picked up a batch of Dudleya brittonii from a backyard grower. I couldn't resist.|
|Hechtia argentea in one of the display plantings|
On to the final installment of this recap: October—December.
- 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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