However I am always aware of plants and gardens wherever I am and it was lovely to see the varied flora in this different climate. There was peach blossom, polyanthus, daffodils, camellias, magnolias, hellebores and rhododendrons, all lovely temperate species that would often be seen back home in the UK but never in Palm Springs. However there were also Proteas, agave, aloes in full bloom, bromelliads and queen palms used as street trees plus a whole host more.
In particular it was lovely to see Arbutus 'Marina' freely used. This is a lovely hybrid strawberry tree that was raised in San Francisco; evergreen, pink flowers and typical red fruits. We had one at the University that grew well but was damaged in the hard winter of 2011. I believe it has regenerated from the base.
We are now back in the desert and today's job, completed under a surprisingly cloudy sky has been to fine tune the irrigation system on our new plantings. Its done but we won't really know if its adequate until the heat of mid summer - fingers crossed!