On our annual winter visit to CA to visit our eldest son, we always make time to check out nurseries and gardens in the San Diego area. Above, a large specimen of Sticks on Fire caught the light at Waterwise Botanicals in Escondido.
The San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas always has fun with succulents. This topiary minstrel had company; there were at least a half dozen life sized figures adorned with succulents nearby.
We headed north for a 2nd week, spending time around San Francisco and points south towards Santa Cruz. Saw some arresting succulents at the lovely home and garden shop, DIG, in Santa Cruz.
Check out this uniquely colored form of the winter blooming Salvia africana -lutea...(my guess, there was no tag nearby).
Euphorbia love the San Francisco climate. They also play nicely with all the Aloes now in bloom.
Coming into flower is this amazing bee magnet: Pride of Madeira.
A pink flowered form of Eucalyptus caesia.
The Magnolia were beginning to bloom at the Strybing Arboretum/ San Francisco Botanic Garden. Love M. campbellii, which is hardy in zones 7-10.
This lovely Magnolia at the Strybing is listed hardy in zones 5-8, but it is NOT always reliably bud hardy here… blooms too early for us.
We’re so happy that we can grow Bergenia…a great evergreen perennial that blooms in late winter and early spring.
The glasshouses at the San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers were filled with treasures. We later found (and brought home) this dainty Begonia at a local nursery.
From dainty to over the top drama, flora never cease to amaze…discovering this orchid was one of the highlights of our trip.
What favorite gardens, arboreta and nurseries do you visit when you”re on the west coast?