Dec 24, 2015

Merry Christmas!

The park was full of red today: the red flowers of candelabra aloe, the stems of dogwood, and the lobster-like mushrooms sprouting from the bases of trees. Inside the rain garden, a ruby-crowned kinglet was taking cover in the rushes.

One uncommon aspect of this aloe is there are few other large succulent plants in the Panhandle. Aloe is a plant that has long been cultivated for its healing properties, with most species originating in Africa and Asia. The aloe is located next to a small cluster of olive trees. Olive trees have been cultivated for human purposes since the copper age; the earliest evidence of which is an archaeological site in Jordan.

Merry Christmas!

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