|Not quite 12th night - an interesting variation on Christmas decorations for the desert!|
|Can you just imagine the thought pattern behind wanting a plastic swan to adorn a desert landscape?|
|Why would one ever want a plastic humming bird when we have the real things here.|
Last week I went off for a trip to Bob Williams nursery in Indio to buy some cacti and succulents for my planned new desert bed. The local Lowes have succulents but they are not much more than rooted cuttings and two in a pot which seems to be the norm, doesn't make a very balanced plant. Nearby Home Depot (B&Q for UK readers) have better plants but bearing scant inaccurate labels - 'prickly pear' and so on. Mollers have wonderful, properly labelled plants but the prices! Some beautiful unusual Agaves at $89 each - ouch! So I set out for Bob Williams but arrived and found it closed. Yes - another frustrating moment!
|Pic from my last visit - this is what we hoped to see and will next time!|
Anyway the trip wasn't entirely wasted. On impulse we called in at a restaurant called Jacalope with a beautiful garden. The restaurant wasn't open for service and so the water features weren't working - another hiccup but the surroundings are lovely and I must return. Lots of beautiful plants and quality sculpture - no plastic humming birds here!
|What is this tree?|
|Just love the steel cactus bollards!|
|A climber I don't know - Chad - are you reading? Update - Disticus 'Rivers' - thanks Chad!|
|And another challenge! Update - Cordia boissieri - he did it again!|
We also walked along El Paseo, an area of upmarket shops and art galleries. It includes an area called The Gardens which has recently been refurbished in desert style - a great redevelopment but difficult to photograph. Very stark and modern and in total contrast to the lush gardens of Jacalope.
Well - I guess that's it for 2014. Its chilly here with night temperatures in the 30's but the sun is shining! Hooray for California! Next week Philip and I are off to San Francisco, in part to see an exhibition at the art gallery but I hope to escape to the botanic garden at some point, so hopefully more of a feast and less crumbs next time!