With the dahlia season clearly over, my fall garden has few standouts when it comes to flowers. There are a few notable exceptions.
|Senna bicapsularis (aka Winter Senna) also threw out a few tentative flowers before powering up a full-fledged bloom-fest|
|Plectranthus ciliatus 'Zulu Wonder' is still keeping things low-key but I appreciate every graceful flower spike it produces, as well as those fragrant quilted leaves|
|Persimmon 'Hachiya' obviously isn't a flower but I'm impressed that I actually have some fruit this year. I watched a greedy squirrel scamper off carrying a whole persimmon in its mouth yesterday so I don't expect them to last long.|
While making a quick round of South Coast Botanic Garden on Monday in preparation for a tour I was scheduled to conduct on Tuesday, I snapped a few photos of plants that stood out there too.
|The Silk Floss trees (Ceiba speciosa) are the most dominant features of the garden at the moment|
|There are still some single-petaled dahlias to be found. I believe this one is called Dahlia 'Mystic Spirit'.|
While I was at the botanic garden I thought I'd try to grab photos of the sculptures on loan from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) as I'd captured only one during a prior visit. All six of the LACMA sculptures have been placed in the "back 40" (acres) of the garden to entice visitors to wander deeper into the grounds. That proved to be a longer hike than I had time for but I managed to photograph three more.
|This is Firestone by Peter Voulkos|
|This is Trace by Nancy Graves, which is perhaps my favorite of the sculptures the garden has on display|
|This is One on One by Richard Artschwager. It seems to be the odds-on favorite of children as I've never seen it without children climbing all over it.|
The sculptures do seem to be increasing traffic in the back area of the garden, which is great. Restoring/reconstructing the lake would also give the garden a major boost but that's a longer-term project on the botanic garden's master plan.
What's grabbing your attention in the garden as October comes to a close?
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