More Wonders of the San Francisco Botanical Garden

Rhododendron occidentale, California Azalea, Western Azalea, San Francisco Botanical Garden, Strybing Arboretum, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CaliforniaBee on purple flowers, San Francisco Botanical Garden, Strybing Arboretum, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CaliforniaRedwood grove, redwood trees and ferns, San Francisco Botanical Garden, Strybing Arboretum, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California

Protea flower, large red flower, San Francisco Botanical Garden, Strybing Arboretum, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CaliforniaMonkey Puzzle Tree, Araucaria araucana, Chile Pine, piñonero, South American tree species with pointed triangular leaves, San Francisco Botanical Garden, Strybing Arboretum, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CaliforniaLeucospermum erubescens, Oudtshoorn Pincushion, large unusual flower, red orange and yellow flower, San Francisco Botanical Garden, Strybing Arboretum, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California

Celebrate today’s summer solstice with more photos from our recent visit to San Francisco Botanical Garden. I already blogged about three of the most amazing plants we saw, but of course, the rest of the gardens are stunning, too. There were California natives, like a gorgeous California Azalea, and giant Coast Redwood Trees. South African Protea and Leucospermum flowers resembled Dr. Seuss creations, as did the pointy, South American Monkey Puzzle Trees. A young leaf, which looks like an alien hand, emerged from an enormous Gunnera.

Chilean rhubarb, Gunnera tinctoria, young leaf unfurling which looks like a closed hand, San Francisco Botanical Garden, Strybing Arboretum, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CaliforniaCamellia flower and leaves, red and white flower, San Francisco Botanical Garden, Strybing Arboretum, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CaliforniaStrybing Arboretum, McBean Wildfowl Pond, pond surrounded by trees and shrubs, San Francisco Botanical Garden, Strybing Arboretum, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California

Cineraria flowers, San Francisco Botanical Garden, Strybing Arboretum, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CaliforniaStrybing Arboretum, large trees, San Francisco Botanical Garden, Strybing Arboretum, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CaliforniaWhite wisteria flowers hanging in a wooden arbor, San Francisco Botanical Garden, Strybing Arboretum, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California

Here in the San Francisco Bay Area, we’re starting summer with a heat wave. Even on the coast, where fog and ocean breezes usually moderate the temperature, we were above 86°F (30°C) before noon this morning. Hello summer.

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