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Rurality in the midst of urbanity

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Sometimes in the midst of urbanity one finds rurality.

Whenever I’m out and about, especially in a galaxy far far away, I like to do as much as possible since I may never pass that way again.

When I was up in Arcadia recently at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanical Garden, I wanted to make a pass by Santa Anita Park, one of the most famous horse racing venues here on the West Coast.

Although I’m not a big fan of horse racing—it’s animal cruelty in my opinion—I do recognize horse racing’s history, although I certainly don’t understand it.

Across the street from the main entrance to Santa Anita Park is the Arcadia City Hall and the Police Department. More important to me, though, was this beautiful building at the other end of the parking lot:

Arcadia, California

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I thought the dual brick designer chimneys added quite a bit of charm to that old building, not to mention the wood shake roof which looks to this home inspector that it might need to be replaced soon. The jacaranda tree full of purple flowers added a certain charm, too.

There was nothing around telling me what the building was, or is now, and I have been unable to find anything on the Arcadia web site or through a few dozen Google searches. Alas, I guess I shall have to pass that way again, except on a weekday when things might be open.

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Bonsai at Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanical Garden

I’m an abject failure

My wise old grandmother

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When I was just a youth of 11, my wise old grandmother forced me to work in the yard. Today it might be called child labor…. :). We had a big yard. In order to provide us privacy in a city subdivision, our yard was bordered by ligustrum in the back and oleanders in the front and on the sides. I was the one that kept the oleanders and ligustrum trim and neat, looking nice, but that might be the reason why I have never had ligustrum or oleanders around my homes…. 🙂

Morning gloryOn the back patio and in the foundation planters she had poinsettias, crowns of thorns, nandinas, pansies, snapdragons, petunias, and morning glories, all with billions and billions and billions of beautiful flowers. Of course, I never got to help with the beautiful plants, just the ligustrum and those nasty oleanders. Note that all parts of the oleander are toxic, and the sticky sap can play havoc with your skin, causing a pretty good rash if you’re sensitive or allergic (like me!).

One day I asked my wise old grandmother if I could have a garden of my own. I never expected her to say yes, but she gave me a pretty good-sized plot of her yard for my garden. Unfortunately, it was the only spot in the yard where nothing would grow. It was sunny and hot, and the hot air from the air conditioner blew there.

Golden Barrel Cactus flowersHa! I fooled her! A friend and I went down to Mexico (with his parents; we were too young to go by ourselves) and bought a bunch of cactus and succulents. We planted them in my garden, and just a few months later I had beautiful cactus and succulent flowers.

That’s where my dislike of ligustrum and oleanders came from, and where my love of cactus and succulents started. In fact, that’s where my love of plants started, and I’ve developed my gardening skills such that I have only failed at growing vegetables and herbs…………

………….and bonsai.

How I love bonsai, but as many times as I have tried to grow and care for bonsai, I’m an abject failure there. Thus I always enjoy getting out & about and finding a beautiful bonsai collection. There is a permanent display at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park in the Bonsai Pavilion, and there is a four-week display each summer at the San Diego County Fair.

Recently when I was up at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanical Garden, I found another display, albeit just a weekend display for a bonsai show they were having. Following are some pictures from the show. My favorites are the little forests and the wind-swept pines.

Bonsai at Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanical Garden

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Bonsai at Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanical Garden

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Bonsai at Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanical Garden

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Bonsai at Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanical Garden

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Bonsai at Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanical Garden

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Best in ShowBonsai at Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanical Garden

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Bonsai at Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanical Garden

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Bonsai at Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanical Garden

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Bonsai at Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanical Garden

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Bonsai at Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanical Garden

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Bonsai at Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanical Garden

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Bonsai at Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanical Garden

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Bonsai at Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanical Garden

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Bonsai at Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanical Garden

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21st Century AwardBonsai at Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanical Garden

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Bonsai at Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanical Garden

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Bonsai at Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanical Garden

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Bonsai at Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanical Garden

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Day lily at the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

Friday Flower Fiesta — A lily a day keeps romance in play

Friday Flower Fiesta

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Today’s Friday Flower Fiesta comes to you from the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden (LACA&BG) which is where Jim and I spent our 19th anniversary this past May 26.

I took so many pictures that it might take me until next May 26 to catalog them all and let you see most of them!

I still have the orchids and the bonsai to get to.

Meanwhile, though, following is a great collection of day lilies, looking prettier than the great majority of day lilies that are planted along San Diego’s freeways and streets.

All from the LACA&BG.

Day lily at the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

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Day lily at the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

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Day lily at the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

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Day lily at the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

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Day lily at the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

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Day lily at the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

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Day lily at the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

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Day lily at the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

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Day lily at the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

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Day lily at the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

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Day lily at the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

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Day lily at the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

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Day lily at the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

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Day lily at the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

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Day lily at the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

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Day lily at the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

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Day lily at the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

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Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

Friday Flower Fiesta from the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

Friday Flower Fiesta

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Today’s Friday Flower Fiesta comes to you from the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden in Arcadia, which is where Jim and I spent our 19th anniversary.

Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

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Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

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Ooops. That’s not a flower. That’s a squirrel! Well, he was the official greeter at the entrance to the Arboretum, so I’ll let him greet you to our Friday Flower Fiesta today!

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Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

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Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

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Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

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Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

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Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

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Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

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Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

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Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

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Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

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Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

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Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

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Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

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Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

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Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

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Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

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Ooops.

That last one isn’t a flower, either.

That’s Zoey the Cool Cat.

Look at the expression on her face.

She is pretty upset that we were gone for sixteen hours, leaving her all alone except for that strange lady who came by to give her food and water.

I tried to get her interested in that squirrel above but she’s having none of that until I explain my absence……..

I’m Zoey the Cool Cat,
and I do not approve this post.

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