November Blooms

November 2013

Spineless Cactus

Above is a close-up of the Spineless Cactus (Opuntia ficus-indica.) Luther Burbank experimented with many varieties of cacti over a twenty-year period. He sought to produce a spineless cactus which could provide forage for desert cattle. Importing cacti from around the world he developed many new varieties, including several with beautiful edible fruit, as shown here. In the background are the Ginkgo Biloba trees.

Ginko

At the Santa Rosa Avenue entrance, a pair of Maindenhair Trees (Ginkgo biloba) provide stunning yellow color. They peak at the end of October to mid November, providing a golden carpet.

Japanese Maple

A stunning orange Japanese maple (Acer palmatum) along Santa Rosa Avenue.