Aloe, Aeoniums and assorted ice plants were in full bloom near the entrance.
|The flowering Aloes immediately grab your attention...|
|but I was particularly impressed by the flowering Aeonium...|
|and the bright colors of the flowering ice plants kicked the mix up another notch|
The Volunteer Garden was also full of color.
|This area contains a jumble of plants but it's a cheerful mix|
|Spanish bluebells (Hyacinthoides hispanica) were in bloom throughout|
|Blue and chartreuse dominated this bed filled with Echium, Borage and Euphorbia|
|The California poppies were already in bloom|
|There were also lots of Scilla peruviana...|
|and a sea of Snow in Summer (Cerastium tomentosum)...|
|and even tulips, which survived only a nanosecond in my garden less than 5 miles away|
The coral trees were covered with vibrant blooms.
|Erythrina of some variety|
The Japanese flowering cherry trees were also in full flower in an area clearly designed to host spring weddings.
|Prunus serrulata 'Pink Cloud'|
Weeds were rampant in the cactus garden, perhaps the result of our recent rains, but there were some handsome Agaves and succulents throughout.
|Bed fronted with what I think was Sawtooth Agave|
|A neater version of the Yucca elephantipes that sits at the bottom of my own back slope, bordered by Senecio, Aeonium and assorted cactus|
|Aeonium arboreum 'Atropurpureum'|
|My favorite 'Blue Glow' Agave|
|The spineless Agave desmetiana|
This area impressed me, although my photo isn't especially good.
|The large Loropetalum had leaves with a golden cast that was picked up in the yellow Arctotis at the front of the bed|
Before we headed out to lunch, passing a statuesque palm tree, I even picked up a couple of plants at the garden gift shop.
|Senegal date palm (Phoenix reclinata)|
All in all, it was a great visit - I had time to catch up with a good friend; the sky was a clear bright blue; it was warm but comfortable; and I even got 2 new plants. What could be better? You can see pictures from last summer's visit to the same garden here.