4/16/08

Some GG Park pictures

I took a little walk in the Park while my car got its fluids changed.

Michelia doltsopa flowers.

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Michelia doltsopa

Tree ferns are the coolest plants.

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The Conservatory of Flowers is across the street. I used to avoid going there because they charge admission, but $5 doesn't seem like very much money any more does it? I used to pay less for a movie. Aaanyway...the last time I was here is here.

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The blue on the plant confused me at first, but it's from the stained glass.

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Check this out. Beautiful.

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The main reason to come here today was to see the butterflies. Apparently, most of them have not yet eclosed.

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The new imagos hang out inside the cabinet for awhile to dry off.

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Then they have an enclosed area to fly around in where you can visit with them.

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On the way back to the garage...

Geranium maderense, blooming everywhere now.

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Fun plant.

Geranium maderense

I opted not to smell the flowers.

Geranium maderense

Prunus 'Kwanzan'?

Is this Prunus 'Kwanzan'? I kind of don't like it. Might as well be Lagerstroemia with those pink, double flowers.

Prunus 'Kwanzan"?

In Stowe Lake...

Stowe Lake

The view from Strawberry Hill...San Francisco is such a small town.

From Stowe Lake

This is interesting. The City nursery is having a plant sale. They grow all the landscape plants used in Golden Gate Park here.

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I wonder if they'll have Leptospermum laevigatum for sale. It's one of the most common under-story plants in Golden Gate Park. This is it.

Leptospermum laevigatum

I can't fit it in my garden, but I wonder if it can be maintained over years as a containerized dwarf. Someone in the world must know the answer to that question...

It would make an outstanding focal point.

Leptospermum laevigatum

In the Botanical Garden, one of my favorite European trees is flowering.

Aesculus hippocastanum

Aesculus hippocastanum.

Aesculus hippocastanum

6 comments:

Les, Zone 8a said...

Thanks for the tour, and I do think the Prunus is 'Kwanzan'. We are thick with them right now. Judging by their numbers, you would think it must be a requirement that new commercial landscaping must include either a Kwanzan or a Yoshino cherry.

Frances, said...

What a wonderful selection of public garden spaces you have to visit, and even buy plants from! Tree ferns are wonderful, so prehistoric. I love the outer space look of the bromeliad flowers, can you grow them outside? Crazy trunk on the leptospurmum, would it look similar on a young plant in a pot? You will find out, won't you!

chuck b. said...

Les, between the two, I'd pick Yoshino over Kwanzan although I don't want to see a large increase in either one.

Frances, many if not most bromeliads will grow outdoors in San Francisco, but that one was indoors. They probably flower more indoors.

chuck b. said...

And I do think it takes many years for the Leptospermum laevigatum to attain that kind of form. Which is why I wonder if it can live in a pot for many years. I think if it can, it probably would contort like that.

The County Clerk said...

Opted not to smell the flowers. You kill me.

lisa said...

I'm reading your posts backward and trying to catch up, and my notes are piling up with the twisty trunk trees (and a few others to look up). Thank you for the educational tour, as always.