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Are we in the Canary Islands? not quite...

Posted by euphorbphreak z10 SF (My Page) on
Wed, Feb 22, 06 at 1:31

Some friends and I went for a walk Monday down to Telegraph Hill and Coit Tower, which I (shamefully) admit I've never been to in my 12 years in San Francisco. We approached from the west side to the Filbert Stairs, and I saw something that just left me dumbstruck--an entire 500 foot granite cliffside covered completely in Aeoniums! You can only imagine my excitement (my friends thought I was nuts, but I know you understand.) And many were in bloom too!

Here's some shots...all the bright green stuff is Aeoniums. And the shrubs filling in between them are Echium candicans. Such a perfect Canary Island match.

Climbing the Filbert stairs to the top was only better seeing these fine plants all around. And the view from the top wasn't bad either.

David


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  • Posted by jview Z7a NY (My Page) on
    Wed, Feb 22, 06 at 11:01

MAGNIFICENT! Thank you so much for sharing.

Jerry


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  • Posted by baci z10Ca (My Page) on
    Thu, Feb 23, 06 at 5:13

I have never seen a hill of aeoniums planted like that. I wish more people would plant like that it is a great fire break & landslide prevention idea. It looks like the aeoniums & echiums at the top of are flowering it must look great when in full bloom. That hill must re-seed like crazy.
That is a beautiful picture of the bay.


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Dear David,

Indeed, sir, a lovely shot. One can quite imagine that one is in Tenerife rather than in California....


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David,
Can/do you ever collect any seed? I'd be willing to buy some.
Dan
Lincoln, NE USDA 5


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Imagine seeing that when theyre all in flower at once!


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