Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Enchanted Flora .. U.C. Botanical Garden

Enchanted Flora
University of California Botanical Garden at Berkeley - Part II
Chiranthodendron pentadactylon .. Monkey Paw or Monkey's Hand Tree,
- a relative of California Fremontodendron, the flannel bush -
this evergreen tree grows in the Garden's MesoAmerica Section.
Photos Courtesy: University of California Botanical Garden

Doryanthes palmeri, the spear lily, blooming in the Garden's Australasia Section.

On a brisk Fall Day, glowing reminders of a World of Flora. Other continents ... other seasons. The Garden's Canary Island section is located above the Garden of Old Roses, at the acme of the Garden, overlooking breathtaking views of the San Francisco Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge. Here, a vigorous shrub, Salvia canariensis blooms in the foreground and also further back.

A detail of the Canary Island section, with the flowers of Aeonium lancerottense
taking center stage.
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  1. Good Heavens, Alice, those are magnificent! I remember the very first Proteus I saw in Hawaii - it was among the most remarkable discoveries ever for me, similar in fact to discovering Rhododendrons at a late age. These are in that category for me. What an uncommonly gorgeous plant that Lily. Too cool. Your blog never fails to stay interesting.

  2. Hi Alice~~ It looks like I'm going to need to tap in to my zonal denial and get up close and personal with Salvia canariensis.

    [Forgive me if this is a duplicate, Alice. Internet Explorer decided to burp right as I was clicking Post Comment.]

  3. HI Alice!
    Berkeley reminds me of being a tot. My Dad went to school there, many, eons ago.
    These are scrumptious looking monkey's paws. I am having bloom envy today.

  4. What a beautiful garden! The Spear Lily is amazing!

  5. beautiful! I would love to drift around there and be around all that gorgeous nature! Colors are awesome too!

  6. Oh how I love these pictures.. and wish I could visit each part of that garden. I loved Berkeley when visiting there back in '71. such a long time ago.

  7. That first pic is incredible. It's nice for us east coasters to see such vibrant color in November - thanks for posting.

  8. Very pretty, I love the Salvia of my favorites!

  9. Oh Alice, what incredible blooms! That monkey's paw is beautiful.

  10. I love the Canary Island section. What beautiful photos. Thanks!