So this week I went out and photographed the trees in my new neighborhood. One of the things Los Angeles has a lot of are older trees growing in incredibly small spaces. In some cases the trees grow right over the sidewalk and in many you can see signs of decades of improper care and pruning. A popular tree trim around here is to slice off the upper 1/4 to 1/3 of the tree and remove all the green growth. Most trees survive the pruning but I see many while driving around that have died of shock or disease. The idea of lacing a tree is now a foreign concept.
Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore...
The last two images were taken a few weeks ago in Safford AZ
These are photos from my latest trip to San Diego Botanical Gardens. Its always interesting to visit botanical gardens in the summer. Anytime your yard is looking sad and nothing is flowering go to a local botanic garden. You can always come away with great ideas for what to plant in summer that can handle the heat but still look nice. Also I like to go during the week in the middle of the day since they are generally very quiet. Its always nice too because the people working in the gardens generally wont be as busy and can answer questions about specific plants.
As you can imagine it takes awhile to type up the names for all these plants but I am just about done and will be posting them soon. In the meantime please enjoy the pictures.