Cloud Forest bloom looms and something special has already begun… #sfbgcloudforest #sfbotanicalgarden #plantconservation #morethanapark (at San Francisco Botanical Garden)

Cloud Forest bloom looms and something special has already begun… #sfbgcloudforest #sfbotanicalgarden #plantconservation #morethanapark (at San Francisco Botanical Garden)

You can feel fall creeping in πŸƒπŸ‚but it’s still a couple weeks until the autumnal equinox and summer is going out with a bang🌹! Come celebrate the season this long Labor Day weekend! Almost there πŸ˜„! Wooohoooo! (at San Francisco Botanical Garden)

You can feel fall creeping in πŸƒπŸ‚but it’s still a couple weeks until the autumnal equinox and summer is going out with a bang🌹! Come celebrate the season this long Labor Day weekend! Almost there πŸ˜„! Wooohoooo! (at San Francisco Botanical Garden)

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Japanese anemone (Anemone x hybrida) mass bloom in Temperate Asia collection! 😍#sfbotanicalgarden (at San Francisco Botanical Garden)

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Some unbelievably gorgeous Amaryllis belladonna and more blooming in the South Africa collection right now! 

The two-foot leafless stems of Amaryllis belladonna, crowned with fragrant pink lily-like flowers, appear annually in August, having naturalized in gardens and vacant spaces all over the world. The long strap-like leaves have dried up and disappeared weeks before the thick red stem emerges from the ground.

A. belladonna is native to South Africa and grows from an underground bulb or geophyte. The common name “Naked Ladies” is often associated with these flowers as they appear ‘naked’ without any leaves when they bloom. They are among the many thousands of geophytes that create a stupendous floral display in spring in the Cape Province at the tip of Africa. This vast terminal point of the continent, isolated by oceans on either side, has a Mediterranean climate similar to our own with a varied topography that helps account for 80 percent of its native species being considered endemic, found nowhere else.

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Some unbelievably gorgeous Amaryllis belladonna and more blooming in the South Africa collection right now!

The two-foot leafless stems of Amaryllis belladonna, crowned with fragrant pink lily-like flowers, appear annually in August, having naturalized in gardens and vacant spaces all over the world. The long strap-like leaves have dried up and disappeared weeks before the thick red stem emerges from the ground.

A. belladonna is native to South Africa and grows from an underground bulb or geophyte. The common name “Naked Ladies” is often associated with these flowers as they appear ‘naked’ without any leaves when they bloom. They are among the many thousands of geophytes that create a stupendous floral display in spring in the Cape Province at the tip of Africa. This vast terminal point of the continent, isolated by oceans on either side, has a Mediterranean climate similar to our own with a varied topography that helps account for 80 percent of its native species being considered endemic, found nowhere else.

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Feeling more and more like fall everyday. Cornus, Ribes, Rhododendron, and Sequoia themselves are all showing signs of the seasonal shift in the Redwood Grove. Come on out and enjoy! #sfbotanicalgarden #woods2wildflowers (at San Francisco Botanical Garden)

Feeling more and more like fall everyday. Cornus, Ribes, Rhododendron, and Sequoia themselves are all showing signs of the seasonal shift in the Redwood Grove. Come on out and enjoy! #sfbotanicalgarden #woods2wildflowers (at San Francisco Botanical Garden)

One more beautiful, red flowering vine from today! The fantastic white speckled blossoms of Lapageria rosea ‘Mission Lace’ in full bloom!

For some great information and history about this plant you to have to check out the Pacific Horticulture article, “The History of Lapageria rosea at the University of California Botanical Garden” by our friend, Chris Carmichael from @ucgarden. Google the title and you can read the whole article for free on Pacific Horticulture’s website. 

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One more beautiful, red flowering vine from today! The fantastic white speckled blossoms of Lapageria rosea ‘Mission Lace’ in full bloom!

For some great information and history about this plant you to have to check out the Pacific Horticulture article, “The History of Lapageria rosea at the University of California Botanical Garden” by our friend, Chris Carmichael from @ucgarden. Google the title and you can read the whole article for free on Pacific Horticulture’s website.

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Passiflora party!!! #sfbotanicalgarden  (at San Francisco Botanical Garden)

Passiflora party!!! #sfbotanicalgarden (at San Francisco Botanical Garden)

Get out to the Garden to enjoy the  final days of summer! Bean Sprout Family Days in @sfbgchildrensgarden 12-3pm today and every Saturday through October! #sfbotanicalgarden  (at San Francisco Botanical Garden)

Get out to the Garden to enjoy the final days of summer! Bean Sprout Family Days in @sfbgchildrensgarden 12-3pm today and every Saturday through October! #sfbotanicalgarden (at San Francisco Botanical Garden)

This weird blue stuff showed up this afternoon… And the leaves on the trees are starting to do weird things… What does it all mean?!?!? 😜 #sfbotanicalgarden  (at San Francisco Botanical Garden)

This weird blue stuff showed up this afternoon… And the leaves on the trees are starting to do weird things… What does it all mean?!?!? 😜 #sfbotanicalgarden (at San Francisco Botanical Garden)

The beautiful Ulmo tree (Eucryphia cordifolia) is in full bloom in bed 73H in the Rhododendron Garden. These amazing trees are native to Argentina and Chile and best known for the honey produced from their flower nectar by introduced European honey bees that is sold as “ulmo honey” (miel de Ulmo). 

Both of Membership Manager, Monica Renner’s parents are from Chile and she shares these interesting anecdotes, “My parents are both from Chile and we’d go back and visit often when I was growing up. My grandfather had a farm called Fundo Chapuco near Valdivia in the south of the country where he had bee hives that made delicious honey from Ulmo trees when they bloomed at the end of each summer. This is a popular honey in Chile, produced mostly in the south and sold throughout the country. It is VERY fragrant (much like the tree’s flowers) and has a unique taste. It’s used only in small amounts in cooking since the strong flavor will overpower other ingredients (I once tried to bake homemade Ulmo graham crackers and they came out way too intense), but it’s great on toast and makes an amazing ice cream. On every trip to Chile, my family stocks up on jars and jars of the honey to last us until our next trip back. I’ve got 3 jars in my pantry right now :).” 

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The beautiful Ulmo tree (Eucryphia cordifolia) is in full bloom in bed 73H in the Rhododendron Garden. These amazing trees are native to Argentina and Chile and best known for the honey produced from their flower nectar by introduced European honey bees that is sold as “ulmo honey” (miel de Ulmo).

Both of Membership Manager, Monica Renner’s parents are from Chile and she shares these interesting anecdotes, “My parents are both from Chile and we’d go back and visit often when I was growing up. My grandfather had a farm called Fundo Chapuco near Valdivia in the south of the country where he had bee hives that made delicious honey from Ulmo trees when they bloomed at the end of each summer. This is a popular honey in Chile, produced mostly in the south and sold throughout the country. It is VERY fragrant (much like the tree’s flowers) and has a unique taste. It’s used only in small amounts in cooking since the strong flavor will overpower other ingredients (I once tried to bake homemade Ulmo graham crackers and they came out way too intense), but it’s great on toast and makes an amazing ice cream. On every trip to Chile, my family stocks up on jars and jars of the honey to last us until our next trip back. I’ve got 3 jars in my pantry right now :).”

#sfbotanicalgarden (at San Francisco Botanical Garden)

The haps at the San Francisco Botanical Garden