Thursday, March 8, 2012

San Francisco Botanical Gardens

Hi Sweetstuff  friends.  I am sorry to be absent for so long but have been having some health problems.  I was having quite a few medical problems and found out I was allergic to quite a few things.  And some of them are foods.  So I am now on a yeast, sugar free diet.  It has been pretty tough because you wouldn't believe the things that yeast and sugar are in.  It's crazy!!!  But I am feeling a whole lot better and have lost weight also.  Sounds like a win, win situation.
So my hubby and I went to San Francisco the other weekend with our best friends.  What a great time we had.  I asked if while we were in the city we could go somewhere I could see some succulents.  They grow so well in the Bay area.  So we decided to go visit the San Francisco Botanical Gardens.  What a pretty place.  I headed straight for the succulent section and was not disappointed.

Aeonium with red tips

Aeonium with beautiful red tips!

Agave Lophantha

Agave Lophantha
This beautiful agave likes full sun. The flowers are greenish yellow. This plant will die after blooming but there is usually a pup ready to take over.

Aloe distans

Aloe Distans
This great aloe is from South Africa and is a summer bloomer. The blooms have a great coral color to them. It likes sun or shade and is hardy to 20-25F. This one is showing the red stress of cooler temps this time of year!

Agave salmiana Pulque agave

Agave salmiana

What's cool about this photo is the bloom stalk getting started. Also you can see the old agave in front that is now dead and the stalk has been cut off. This pup took over and is now blooming. But it has more to pups to come. This agave will get 6 feet tall and 12 feet across. The bloom stalk will get 15 to 40 feet tall. It usually blooms after 15 years. It likes sun to shade and hardiness zones of 7b on up.

Agave salmiana Pulque agave

Here is a photo of another agave salmiana with new bloom stalk forming and you can see another to the right that is old.

Aloe aborescens

Aloe aborescens

This was a huge clump of aloe aborescens! They were everywhere in the S.F. Botanical Gardens succulent section. They originated in Southern Africa.

Aeonium cyclops

Aeonium undulatum

Oh baby, these are so large! These amazing aeoniums get 2 to 3 feet high and can be 1 to 2 feet in diameter. They are from the Canary Islands. They can tolerate temperatures down to 25-30F.

Aloe plicatilis

Aloe plicatilis

I love these fan shaped aloe's. They were just starting to send out some bloom stalks. It's also a good shot of the bunch of Trichocereus Pachonoi 'San Pedro'.

Aeonium undulatum with friends!

Aeonium undulatum with friends

These succulents looked so good together they were begging for a photo!

Aloe Ferox

Aloe Ferox

They had so many beautiful aloe's! This is one of my favorite's. Those spines on the leaves can really be sharp so take care when handling. It likes full sun and does well in hardiness zones 9b and up. It has many different color of blooms from red, orange, gold to nearly white. Most of these were blooming! It was incredible!

Aloe Saponaria

Aloe Saponaria

A beautiful aloe that took a little beating over the winter. It is also known as the soap aloe. It is from the arid regions of South Africa. It can be grown in hardiness zones of 8b and up. This one has some damage on one of it's leaves. Could have been a bug, animal or disease that started it. It will be fine though.

Aloe Speciosa 'Tilt-head aloe'

Aloe Speciosa 'Tilt-head aloe'

Another beautiful aloe from South Africa! The rosette of this aloe always is tilted towards the north. Very interesting. The flower stalk is spectacular on this aloe and the hummingbirds love it. The blooms look red to pinkish in color and are long and fat.

Beaucarnea Recurvata 'Elephant foot tree'

Beaucarnea Recurvata 'Elephant Foot Tree'

This slow growing palm is great for small gardens and can tolerate temp's down to 15F.

Cereus montrose

Cereus monstrose

This is a beautiful cereus plant that growing tip's have mutated. We call this form monstrose. In monstrose plants the dominant tip is lost and every growing tip thinks it is dominant and it results in this knobby growth.

Cordyline Australis 'Albertii' from New Zealand

Cordyline Australia 'Albertii'

It can get 20 to 30 feet tall and likes full sun! It is single stemmed and does not get offshoots!

Cordyline Australis 'Albertii'

This beautiful plant is from New Zealand. I just had to show you the top of this tall succulent!

Cotyledon Orbiculata

Cotyledon Orbiculata

These plants can reach 4 to 6 feet in height. This one was huge but I wanted to show you details. They like full sun and flowers are a pretty orange. USDA planting zone 9b and above. But it is not unheard of for them to tolerate lower temperatures.

Puya Alpestris

Puya Alpestris

This is a super plant from South America. They get 4 to 5 feet tall and enjoy full sun! The bloom spike produces the most incredible turquoise flowers.

Puya Alpestris bloom stalk

Puya Alpestris bloom stalk

I wish I had been there when the flowers on this stalk were open! I would have loved to see the beautiful turquoise color!

Dracaena Draco 'Dragon Tree'

Dracaena Draco

This wonderful plant is from The Canary Islands. Below it at the base is quite a few aloe distans. This tree can reach 40 feet tall. Dave's garden says hardy down to 10a. They want full sun!

Succulents in rocks

There were rock walls all around the succulent area. Aeonium's and other succulents were growing in different nooks and cranny's.  It looked so pretty!

Xanthorrhoea sp. Grass Tree

Xanthorrhoea sp. Grass Tree

This amazing tree is from Australia. This is a subtropical tree found all over in Australia. It likes full sun and can stand temperatures of 30F for short periods of time. It likes moderate water and dry conditions.

I hope you enjoyed our little journey through the S.F. Botanical Garden.  I took more photos of other beautiful things but I will show you some of them in another post.  Until then remember:

It's Another Beautiful Day!


Spiky Obsession said...

What a great treat. Hopefully one day my garden will look like that, sadly we are limited in the UK to the aloe selection that will cope with our winters.
Lovely photos.

Julie said...

Tree grass??? WOWZERS!!! Never heard of it or seen it before!!! Impressive!!! My fav thing here was the Aloe aborescens! Gorgeous photo!!! So much amazingness....I am so happy for you that you live in such an state that keeps me euphoric, even from a long distance!!! Thanks for all this luschiouness, Candy! You sure are a Sweetstuff, showing all of this to us...constantly making us so...we...are like spiked up on a sugar diet!!! wishes with your allergies...we are having an issue here now too with my grandson...all around his eyes are all puffy, itchy and he is just plain miserable. Going back to MD tomorrow. God bless you Candy!!!
xoxo- Julie

Gerhard Bock said...

Truly stunning photos. My favorite was that xanthorrhoea. They are so unique. Too bad our climate it a wee bit too cold in the winter. The UC Santa Cruz Arboretum has some smaller specimens, and I saw awesome ones at the Royal Botanic Garden in Sydney a couple of years ago. For me, the only American plant that comes close xanthorrhoeas in terms of beauty is Yucca rostrata.

Can't wait to see more photos from your visit!

:: Bamboo and More ::

Megan said...

Hope you had a great trip! Looks like that Puya's going to flower soon. We'll have to head over to check it out. Aren't the Agave salmianas amazing? Glad to hear you're feeling a little better.

Anonymous said...

Looks like a fabulous time! I had a couple favs~ Cotyledon orbiculata and Puya alpestris~
Happy to hear you're feeling better! Cindy Davison

Stephanie said...

I wish I was there with you! Those plants you have posted here are all amazing. Dracaena Draco and that Grass Tree caught most of my attention. They are extraordinary!! Very attractive indeed :-D Thanks for sharing and you take good care of your health !!

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Candy "Sweetstuff" said...

Thank you all so much! Yes that grass tree really was an amazing site to see. Happy spring to everyone!

donna said...

There you go again with beautiful succulent photos that make me drool. I have a little cactus growing in a pot in the bathroom. Want to see it? ha-ha

Glad to hear that your feeling well. I was afraid you were going to say you were allergic to succulents. Yeast and sugar you can handle. Seriously though...stay well.

Candy "Sweetstuff" said...

Thank you Donna, I am doing so much better! And yes I would like to see your little cactus! For sure!

Laure's Gardens said...

Your pictures are marvelous, Candy! They make me want to jump in the car and drive to San Francisco to see the plants myself--especially the grass tree.

I'm sure that trip was a positive influence on your health, especially seeing all of those beautiful plants in person.

Becc said...

Great pics Candy, the grass tree looks very well kept - trimmed. They are everywhere over here in the bush, but they are a lot more wilder looking. They used to be call Black Boys, due to the trunks turning black after a bush fire (politically incorrect these days) You would be hard pressed to find one in Australia with an unblackened trunk like this one! They have also become trendy to have in the home garden as it has been discovered how to transplant them safely.

Rohrerbot said...

Glad you're back and feeling better. I have the same issues and now take allergy stuff which cuts down on the health issues, pretty crazy. But as you state, you lose weight and feel better so it's definitely a win win. It also brings to question, "What the hell are Americans eating?" And "Do they care?" I make a lot of my own food and salads at home and it has helped. Love the Cereus's one of my favorites here in Tucson. I love the Botanical Gardens in San Francisco, but I think what's shocking is that a lot of the plants there are succulents or cacti. I don't think many people associate San Fran with these plants. I know I was stumped when visiting this place. Thank you for your well wishes and I'm glad you're okay. Hugs. Me