Thursday, November 20, 2014

San Francisco Botanical Garden

San Francisco Botanical Garden
I recently had the opportunity of visiting the San Francisco Botanical Garden located within Golden Gate Park in the Bay Area of San Francisco, California.  The gardens offer 55 acres of native plantings, landscaped regions and open spaces showcasing over 8,000 different kinds of plants from around the world.  The San Francisco Bay Area's mild temperatures, wet winters, dry summers and famous coastal fog provide a range of climatic conditions that exist in few other botanical gardens and when combined make some of the most ideal growing conditions for a multitude of plants. I enjoyed the experience of observing a vast variety of plants, many which I had never seen before, all in one location.  Come along for the tour!
San Francisco Botanical Garden:  Succulent Garden
There are several collections of gardens to visit including the Mesoamerican Cloud Forest, California Native Garden, Redwood Grove, Succulent Garden and the gardens of Central and South America, Temperate Asia, Australia, New Zealand and the Mediterranean region to name just a few.  These plants are mostly unfamiliar to me and I tried to get as many names as I could so bear with me.  I labeled the species that I was able to see tags for.  Feel free to assist if you recognize any of the unlabeled plants.
San Francisco Botanical Garden
These flowers were blooming all over the gardens in November.  I am not sure of the name but is looks like Agapanthus, or Lily of the Nile.  I only know of the blue and white varieties but these were beautiful!
San Francisco Botanical Garden
This attractive yellow flower was blooming profusely in early November.
San Francisco Botanical Garden

San Francisco Botanical Garden: Aloe arborescens yellow form (South Africa)
Aloe arborescens is sending up its stalks of yellow blooms in the South Africa collection.
San Francisco Botanical Garden:  How Plants Conserve Water

San Francisco Botanical Garden:  Protea susannae Sugarbush (South Africa)
This magnificent bloom really caught my eye!  Protea is a beautiful winter blooming plant that is native to South Africa.  Each large blossom is made up of hundreds of individual flowers.  Also, Protea's leathery leaves are known to protect the plant from dehydration.   
San Francisco Botanical Garden

San Francisco Botanical Garden Aloe arborescens Close Up (South Africa)
Here is a close up of Aloe arborescens (yellow form) along the garden path.
San Francisco Botanical Garden:  Rhopalostylis sapida Nikau Palm (New Zealand)
Rhopalostylis sapida known as Nikau Palm is New Zealand’s only palm making it one of the most easily recognized plants. Nikau Palm produces purple flowers in Spring that are followed by brilliant-red berries which hang from just below the base of the leaves that turn to seeds and are a food source for wildlife.
San Francisco Botanical Garden Cloud Forest

San Francisco Botanical Garden:  Spanish Moss (Cloud Forest)
The Mesoamerican Cloud Forest features plants typical of high elevation plant communities in southern Mexico and Central America.  It was initially planted in 1984 and has matured to represent a typical cloud forest with trees, shrubs, ferns, vines and epiphytes.  As part of a preservation program seeds were collected from rare and endangered cloud forest species from around the globe over a period of thirty years. San Francisco's unique mild and foggy climate allows these plants to grow successfully outdoors.
San Francisco Botanical Garden:  Lagoon and Palms

San Francisco Botanical Garden

San Francisco Botanical Garden 
This lovely plant had no tag on it but I believe it is Cordyline australis 'Red Sensation' from researching.
San Francisco Botanical Garden

San Francisco Botanical Garden
The gardens are full of these bright pink and orange blooms in November...
San Francisco Botanical Garden
and tropical like foliage.
San Francisco Botanical Garden

San Francisco Botanical Garden
Steps and paths meander through this raised lush garden. 
San Francisco Botanical Garden

San Francisco Botanical Garden Conservatory of Flowers
In Golden Gate Park the Conservatory of Flowers is the oldest public wood-and-glass conservatory in North America opening to the public in 1879. Declared as a city, state and national historic landmark, the Conservatory remains one of the most photographed and favored attractions in San Francisco.
San Francisco Botanical Garden Conservatory of Flowers

San Francisco Botanical Garden Conservatory of Flowers:  Tropical Rhododendrons (Vireya)
In the greenhouse Tropical Rhododendron (Vireya) is in bloom...
San Francisco Botanical Garden Conservatory of Flowers:  Anthurium
as well as Anthurium.
San Francisco Botanical Garden Conservatory of Flowers:  Aquatic Plants
Water lilies are found in this aquatic garden.
San Francisco Botanical Garden Redwood Grove:  Giant Redwood Sequoiadendron Giganteum
Redwood Grove is one of the many beautiful areas within the San Francisco Botanical Garden.  This century old grove is full of fog-loving towering giants known as Coast Redwoods or Sequoia sempervirens. Giant Redwood represent the tallest living things on Earth and have been drastically reduced by extensive logging during the past 150 years. The coast redwoods at San Francisco Botanical Garden were planted around the turn of the 20th century and are among the oldest trees in the Botanical Garden.  Over the past forty years over 100 species of related plants have been added to create and preserve a typical redwood forest.
San Francisco Botanical Garden
I hope you enjoyed the virtual tour of the San Francisco Botanical Garden.  I found the gardens to be both beautiful and educational and was amazed over the vast diversity of plants from all over the world contained in one location.  The total 1,017 acre Golden Gate Park also includes the Conservatory of Flowers, Japanese Tea Garden, numerous museums, lakes, trails, playgrounds, picnic groves and monuments.

For more information on the San Francisco Botanical Gardens and Conservatory of Flowers visit here.

As Always...Happy Gardening!

Author: Lee@A Guide To Northeastern Gardening, Copyright 2014. All rights reserved

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day & Foliage Follow-Up: November 2014 Garden

November Garden
Welcome to my Long Island garden! There is even more of a chill in the air as temperatures drop into the 50’s by day and into the mid-40 by night and the garden transforms into an array of color before going to sleep. There are still blooms to be seen and it is time for another walk in the garden for this month's Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day and Foliage Follow-up. Come along and take a stroll with me through my November garden. Bring a's a little brisk out there!
Astilbe Seed Heads November
Here we are by the perennial gardens and you can see the Astilbe are done for the season but are still displaying their wonderful seed heads for some fall interest...
Dwarf Maiden Grass 'Yaku Jima'
and the 'Yaku Jima' Maiden Grasses are in full autumn mode with their wispy plumes that add motion to the garden as they sway gently in the breeze.
Lamb's Ear
Following the faded blooms of Stachys (Lamb's Ear) bright soft white foliage continues to highlight the border of the garden and will continue to do so into winter.
Raised Evergreen and Perennial Border
As we move along, the evergreen and perennial garden is within view.  A Weeping Blue Atlas Cedar cascades over Gold Mop Cypress with Barberry 'Rosy Glow' (on each side), Dwarf Butterfly Bush (to the left) and Heuchera 'Caramel' along the border. The backdrop of the garden consists of Western and Emerald Green Arborvitae.
Dwarf Buddleia Lo & Behold 'Blue Chip'
The bumble bees are still enjoying the blooms on the butterfly bush with its vibrant purple blooms lasting into November.
Weeping Norway Spruce
 The Weeping Spruce has reached maturity by the poolside and cascades over moss rock boulders alongside it. In the backdrop is the garden we just passed by.
Blue Atlas Cedar (Cedrus Atlantica)
I always enjoy reminiscing about the day I brought this Blue Atlas Cedar home in the back of my Ford Probe before I got my pick up truck.  At the time is was about five feet tall and has grown a reaching approximately 40-50 feet in the front lawn.

Weeping Japanese Maple
The two Weeping Japanese Maples on the front lawn have also reached maturity and are a personal favorite of mine.  Not only do I admire their foliage in the warmer months but I also appreciate the unusual structure of their trucks which will soon be visible.  The two were planted back in 1990 and were about two feet high at the time.
Weeping Japanese Maple
They each now reach a height of eight feet and span approximately sixteen feet in diameter.
Nandina domestica
My Nandina domestica had been lost after some renovations last year so they needed to be replaced. The new additions are doing well and showing fall flowers and bright red berries which they are known for.
Nandina domestica Berries
The berries come right in time just when other blooms are fading.
Hemerocallis Stella D Oro Daylily

The 'Stella D Oro' Daylilies are still blooming after being rejuvenated back in early August...
Double Knock Out Rose

and the Knock Out Roses are still in full bloom.
Viburnum 'Summer Snowflake'

The Viburnum 'Summer Snowflake' are producing the last of their blooms for the season, giving a little interest for fall...
and it just wouldn't be fall without mums. I bought these at a local farm down the road where they grow their own and am enjoying them on the back stoop.
Hydrangea Bloom November
The Hydrangea had a difficult time this year due to a lot of die off last winter but to my astonishment this one bloom appeared almost to say I'm still here!  I look forward to their beautiful blooms again next season.
Montauk Daisies November
As the tour ends here is a view of my neighbor's welcoming Montauk Daisies which I admire every year at the end of her driveway...
Autumn Leaves
and nature's colorful artwork which I could not resist photographing.

I hope you enjoyed the walk through my November garden. Please visit our hostesses Carol at May Dreams Gardens for Garden Bloggers' Bloom Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day and Pam at Digging for Foliage Follow-Up.  I am also linking up with Creative Country Mom's Home Sweet Garden PartyToday's FlowersFloral FridaysMosaic Monday at Lavender Cottage, I Heart Macro and Macro Monday 2Thank you so much for visiting and if you leave a note I will know you dropped by to say hello and I will be sure to visit you as well! 

As Always...Happy Gardening!

Author: Lee@A Guide To Northeastern Gardening, Copyright 2014. All rights reserved


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