I've been cooped up indoors doing homework for days. Today I escaped to the San Francisco Botanical Garden. It was quite cold and I had the place to myself.
Me and the flowers.
I've taken this picture a hundred times, haven't I:
This bromeliads-on-horizontal-branches-with-moss-and-chicken-wire thing is an old standard here. I'm surprised more people don't do it at home. If I ever have a big enough tree with horizontal branches I will definitely give it a try.
It doesn't look cold, does it? A lot of the plants you might think of as likely to suffer in cold weather seemed to look their best today. Alas, by cold, I don't mean freezing. It was in the high 40s.
I put that little retaining wall in in 2006. Still operational!
Seed heads of Montanoa grandiflora. The seed heads last longer in the vase than the flowers and look groovy.
I've argued dead aloe leaves should be removed. I don't feel that way anymore.
My next garden will have this Aloe and Lecuodendron vignette for sure.
The yellow Leucodendron is my favorite. Makes me think of bananas.
Luma apiculata trees from Chile are among my favorite exotic trees. It's the cinnamon-colored bark, partly.
This is about where I decided I was freezing and wanted to go home. Keep warm!