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 beautiful red tips!
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.
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!
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.
Here is a photo of another agave salmiana with new bloom stalk forming and you can see another to the right that is old.
This was a huge clump of aloe aborescens! They were everywhere in the S.F. Botanical Gardens succulent section. They originated in Southern Africa.
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.
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
These succulents looked so good together they were begging for a photo!
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!
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'
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'
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 Australia 'Albertii'
It can get 20 to 30 feet tall and likes full sun! It is single stemmed and does not get offshoots!
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.
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.
I wish I had been there when the flowers on this stalk were open! I would have loved to see the beautiful turquoise color!
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!
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
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!