In all the times we have visited the Desert Botanical Gardens I don't think I have ever seen the cactus looking more stunning. Maybe fall rains have refreshed the plants. Maybe the cool cloudy day just brought out their best. It was perfect for a little iPhone photography.
You can call me a frustrated cactomaniac. Frustrated because of where I live; the limited number of cactus I can grow and most of those in pots. That is doubly true this year as my garden plants were recentlysubjected to night-time temperatures in the teens for several nights.
There was a sign in the garden suggesting the the Agave Victoria-Reginae is endangered by collection for the ornamental trade. They have an amazing number here and rather like the one I have these look like the type that produce offsets. Maybe it is the tightly furled ones that are endangered although I don't think they make a distinction in the name. You can see the pups around the base of the one in the bottom right hand corner.
Even cactus need shade at the hottest time of the year. Here provided by this permanent shade structure in cactus and succulent galleries. In other parts of the garden trees such as the Chilean mesquite and members of the legume family provide a source of nitrogen as well as shade.
This South African tree aloe, Aloe Hercules takes pride of place under the arching shade structure.
We noticed that there is new signage throughout the park in both English and Spanish.
Looking at the tuna on this cholla I can imagine the spectacular flowering earlier in the year.
It is a little too early for many blooms but a sprinkling of aloes were in bloom though out the gardens.
I am always left drooling over these golden barrel cactus.
I remember visiting shortly after the terraces were built. Low level raised beds edged in cut stone bring more formal structure to this part of the garden.
Touches of color here and there. I wonder if they chose these colors because they are the colors of flowering cactus and aloes.
When we visited last December the colored glass had not been added to the Founders Wall in the Sam and Betty Kitchell Family Heritage Garden. The wall pays tribute to the people and plants who have helped shape the gardens including people and plants.
And even though the cactus add structure to the garden there is always room for sone hardscape. The garden provides many places to sit and contemplate the beauty. There are also some beautiful water features.
A collection of watering cans among the pots dress up this ledge.
You might easily miss this tucked in behind a wall.
A memory wall.
I left even more of a cactomaniac.