Winter Escape

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Euphorbia tirucalli

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.

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Succulent Minstrel

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.

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Arrangement at DIG in Santa Cruz

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.

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Salvia africana-lutea form

Check out this uniquely colored form of the winter blooming Salvia africana -lutea...(my guess, there was no tag nearby).

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Euphorbia rigida

Euphorbia love the San Francisco climate. They also play nicely with all the Aloes now in bloom.

Aloe at the Ruth Bancroft Garden

Aloe at the Ruth Bancroft Garden

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Echium fastuosum

Coming into flower is this amazing bee magnet: Pride of Madeira.

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Eucalyptus caesia

A pink flowered form of Eucalyptus caesia.

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Magnolia campbellii detail

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Magnolia campbellii backlit

The Magnolia  were  beginning to bloom at the Strybing Arboretum/ San Francisco Botanic Garden. Love M. campbellii, which is hardy in zones 7-10.

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Magnolia denudata

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.

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Bergenia sp. at the San Francisco Botanic Garden

We’re so happy that we can grow Bergenia…a great evergreen perennial that blooms in late winter and early spring.

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Begonia fuschioides

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.

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Bulbophyllum ‘Louis Sanders’

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?

 

2 thoughts on “Winter Escape”

  1. I like to visit Kartuz Greenhouses in Vista. Mike was a Massachusetts grower for a long time before he headed west. He has lots of interesting plants and sells mail-order, too.

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