How I do enjoy visiting the Botanical Garden after work.
Even more so on a Friday.
San Franciscans are chillaxing in the park.
It's been hot in the Bay Area. Yesterday, all the floats in my Galileo thermometer sank to the bottom. My laboratory thermometer said it was 104 degrees F in my garden. I set a digital thermometer in a ceramic container I grow tomatoes in, and it read 124 degrees F!
Anyhow, we're taking it easy.
Aesculus californica, the California Buckeye; my favorite flower of late spring, early summer.
This is the tree.
That's Cussonia paniculata (Araliaceae). The cabbage tree has gone from being something that I didn't notice, to something that I didn't care for, to something that I didn't hate, to a South African species that I appreciated, to a fun plant that I could conceivably have in my garden one day, to a functional vertical element that I ought to start getting serious about, to a plant that I NEED TO HAVE RIGHT NOW. This is its foliage.
Anyhow, I'm thinking I'll buy the largest specimen I can find that will fit in my car. I really shouldn't plant anything until October. It could also work as a container plant in a back corner. I'll move forward once I settle on the details.
Now back to the Botanical Garden.
I'm keeping my eye on the Agave chiapensis inflorescence.
It would be nice to have a Banksia too. Now that I have the basic native plant framework established in my garden--the number one planting priority for me--it's fun to think about folding in other mediterraneans.
Acmena smithii, was Eugenia smithii, in fruit (Myrtaceae). The common name is lillipilly or lilly-pilly. The berries are supposed to be edible, but I've never tasted them--have you?
The dangling red foliage belongs to another Australian Myrtaceae, Angophora costata. I guess I didn't take a picture of the whole tree, but it's not a great specimen anyway. Opposite leaves distinguish this genus from Eucalyptus (for one thing).
This was super-fragrant from several feet away.