In one street we observed a curious 'plant' with a label explaining it was local to the Coachella Valley and for more information to ask the owners at number 276. Closer inspection revealed that the curious 'plant' was merely the head of a palm flower stuck in the soil - very common but rarely seen by those of us that don't climb to the dizzying tops of palm trees! I guess the owners of 276 may have been less than amused by the end of the afternoon!
The first garden in East Joyce Drive was informal and created by its owner, a lovely gentle landscape with a centrepiece of a pool and cascade, possibly not the most desert-friendly feature during a drought but still a great garden.
|Chilopsis linearis - desert willow|
The second garden in North Burton Way is a beautifully designed garden which although only planted some six months ago had a certain maturity. The landscape architect had retained some existing plants and repositioned others. I particularly like the way he had set groups of Agave in contrasting stone and gravel.
|Palo verde - lovely at this season - Parkinsonia florida probably|
|Anyone know this cactus?|
The garden in North Rose Avenue was not my favourite. Much of it was white concrete with white furniture and it glared in the mid afternoon sun. I can't imagine what it will be like in the heat of August! At the rear of the garden there is a large area tediously planted with evenly spaced aloes and dominated by a block structure which is actually an outdoor shower but less pleasant descriptions come to mind! I love the idea of an outdoor shower but if I had one I would want to be able to stand and see the mountains not a cylinder of concrete. The best bit is a little enclosed area planted with a mix of desert plants surrounded by traditional pierced concrete blocks.
The final garden visited is at the base of the mountains and created on a very rocky sloping site. For some reason, I took very few pictures. I loved the white bougainvillea which had been left to grow naturally and flower properly.
|Oenothera speciosa I think|
We visited one other garden - my favourite and the most interesting of all, which I will write about next time!