Archive for the ‘Aloes’ Category

Southern Africa at UC Berkeley Botanical Garden

We went up to the UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley the other day to activate our family membership. (Half off! Thanks, Groupon!) It is such a beautiful and relaxing place up high in the Berkeley hills. Very quiet and peaceful. I spent most of my time contemplating the enormous aloes in the Southern Africa section. Here are a few of my favorites.


Winter Bloom

I was surprised to see the bloom spike coming out of this aloe a few weeks ago. I’ve had this aloe in the same blue pot for a couple of years. (See here for an earlier pic.) It had been in full sun and was starting to stress out. Personally, I don’t like the stressed look on my aloes and succulents, so I moved it into a shadier spot. She rewarded me with this awesome bloom! (And brighter green stripes.) I took this pic with my iphone and filtered it through Instagram. What fun!

Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th!

A patriotic passel of pots pose proudly on my patio.

Back Yard Aloe Bed

 

New Aloe Succulent bed in the back yard

I cleared this flower bed of oxalis this weekend and finally put some aloes into the ground, which is not easy for me due to my pot habit (containers, pots, pottery, and the like).

Beginning to look like summer

Of course, I had to keep this collection of old succulents in their pots…for now.

 

aloe

Can’t wait for them to settle in and start growing a bit. 

Potted Aloe