May 2019 - more great stuff

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    wcutler Esteemed Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    We had a lot of trouble focusing on Monday - so much to see. I can't organize the rest of this - it will be here's a plant, here's another.

    I was looking at all those red rhododendron bracts in the rhody posting - here are Trochodendron aralioides bracts.
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    Is anyone tired of Melliodendron xylocarpum flower photos yet? These are from my favourite tree, the one with the pink flowers, at the top of what I think is the Meyer Glade. And they are still in bloom (obviously), whereas the one at the entrance plaza is totally finished.
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    In the Australian section of the Alpine Garden is my favourite eucalpytus - Eucalyptus rubida. The lower leaves are round, and the higher ones increasingly narrow and pointy. Very cool red stems and veins. I first photographed it in 2015 - August 19, 2015 - Blues, have been watching that wispy thing become a real tree.
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    wcutler Esteemed Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    Nadia did a posting one year called something like plants we don't see on city streets. Well, there's no question why you're not going to see the mightily armed Crataegus schuettei planted as a street tree. It's in the Carolinian Forest; Plants Profile for Crataegus schuettei (Schuette's hawthorn) shows it also native to Ontario and Quebec.
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    wcutler Esteemed Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    Here is Castilleja levisecta, so exciting to catch in bloom, particularly after the first year I noticed it when it was already a month after it had flowered.
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    Those flowers were so showy, I think I have to do green. I wish you could feel how soft are the needles on this Larix kaempferi 'Blue Dwarf'.
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    OK, back to flowers. Illicium anisatum, near the pond in the North Garden. This is Japanese star-anise, which is poisonous, not the Chinese star-anise that is used in cooking. The flowers are so pretty, like tiny star magnolias, but in the Schisandraceae family, not related to magnolias.
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    Here are little flowers I don't usually pay attention to, different from but related to ones used in plant arrangements. This is Gypsophila cerastioides - alpine baby's breath, native to the Himalayas. These are in the Caryophyllaceae, carnation family - first surprise - and there are other surprising things about this genus at Gypsophila - Wikipedia, its saponin content making it useful for making soap and shampoo, to name one. This species is a particularly lovely one.
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    I forgot about the Berberis until I saw a posting by Egan Davis on Instagram. This is Berberis darwinii. The second photo is from a different individual, shows up the nifty red stems better than the photo I took from the same shrub.
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    This is Berberis x stenophylla 'Corallina Compacta'.
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    Very showy on a macro level is this Kalmia buxifolia that Eric La Fountaine told me about, I think last year. I wonder if it's too late now to see it with the red buds and white flowers.
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    Highlight of my last visiting of UBC garden are orchid Cypripedium formosanum, Formosan lady's slipper and succulent Khadia alticola
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