20180123 LA Arboretum

Went to the Arboretum on Tuesday. I’d asked for an annual pass for Christmas and the Spouse got it for me. It was my first opportunity to go since Christmas. It was surprisingly busy for a Tuesday at 10 am.

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Or maybe not. It was a beautiful day and supposed to be the warmest day of the week.

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Because of the annual pass I didn’t feel like I needed to see the whole place at once. I sort of meandered around the edges and corners for a while.

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There’s a list of what plants are blooming when, but I didn’t consult it before I left. I found out on my own that it’s aloe bloom season.

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They were pretty spectacular.

The peacocks provided mobile decorations.

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Adopted Orchids

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A friend had a bunch of orchids in her house. When the blooms died she didn’t want to throw them away, but didn’t have the right conditions to get them to bloom again so she offered them to me. I took them home and I’m afraid I was not very kind to them initially. I put them out in the atrium and left them. It was a big change in environment and some of them got sunburned leaves. However, most of them managed to survive. I recently noticed, to my surprise, that there were bloom spikes on a couple of them. I’ve only had my orchids bloom in winter before, when the weather is somewhat cooler and damper. At least I don’t feel like quite such a fraud now.

The friend also came up with the idea that I should babysit people’s orchids and give them when they were blooming. Um, no. No market for it, no money in it and in no way do I want to do that. That’s doing all the work and missing all of the fun.