The Wisteria is in bloom in the Japanese Garden near the front entrance.
|In addition to the Wisteria, note the impressive Holly Leaf Cycad (Encephalartos ferox) on the left|
The Volunteer Garden had lots of color, although I fixated on a huge Echium candicans.
|The area surrounding the Echium (aka Pride of Madeira) was punctuated with Spanish bluebells (Hyacinthoides hispanica)|
|The same Echium can be seen in the background here, fronted with Euphorbia|
|This is the garden's Mexican Tree Marigold (Tithonia diversifolia, aka Bolivian Sunflower), which it appears the garden cuts WAY back each year|
|Here are photos of the Mexican Tree Marigold I took last July for reference|
|I can't entirely explain why but I really liked this particular mash-up, which includes a huge artichoke, Echeverias, Limonium perezii, and Kalanchoe|
The Rose Garden next to the Desert Garden is one of the areas undergoing a complete renovation and there was a lot of construction activity so I spent less time there than I usually do.
|California poppies and lupine peppered the succulent beds|
|Succulent Euphorbia xanti surprises me every time I come across one in spring covered in small pink flowers|
|This Pseudobombax ellipticum (aka Shaving Brush Tree) was just beginning to bloom but the bees were already swarming the flowers|
Even the parking lot was colorful.
|I hope my Aloe striata look this good one day|
|Handroanthus impetiginosus (formerly Tabebuia impetignosa, aka pink trumpet tree and pink ipe)|
The Cactus & Succulent Society is holding its annual show and sale at the garden this weekend so I'll be back there again tomorrow. There's a chance of rain, though, so I may not do any wandering in the garden proper but I'm sure I'll be back again soon - it's only about 5 miles from home as the crow flies.
Enjoy your weekend!
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