If you're trying to follow along on the map we're now climbing up a little hill to the South American Desert Garden.
If I was reading the right label then the "tree" these bromeliads are living in is a Pereskia aculeata cv 'Godseffiana' which is in the cactus family. Seems like I might have got the wrong label since it also goes by the name Lemon Vine, this is not a vine.
Heading down into the rain forest section...
I've wandered to and fro and ended up in the New World Desert Garden, I was in a daze for the next 15 or so minutes just having had an odd experience in the gift shop.
They had a nice (although small) selection of plants for sale and I found a potted gallon-sized Yucca elata for under $10. If you find one up here in my part of the world they're in 5-gallon pots and expensive. My attempts to rescue plants from my in-laws in New Mexico have failed so I thought I'd give this one a try, easy enough to get home right? Wrong. Turns out I almost couldn't even buy it.
The volunteer (I'm assuming) running the cash register couldn't. Seriously. When it came time to run my card she got all confused and somehow jammed the register, it wouldn't do anything. She tried to call for help and nobody came. After fidgeting for what felt like forever she looked at me and said "I don't know what to do"...I had $5 and some coins on me so I said, will you take this? Thank god she did. I think the SDBG was shorted a couple of bucks but there was no way I was leaving her my credit card number (I was having visions of the charge accidentally getting a zero added to it) and I wasn't leaving without the plant! Moving on...
The sign talks about agaves in general, not identifying this particular beauty which looks to be a variegated A. titanota (maybe)?
Now I've traveled on to the Old World Desert Garden.
And the Bamboo Garden...
This is as far into the Bamboo Garden as I ventured. There was still much to see and my time was running out.
Heading up to the Mexican Garden...
I am a sucker for tiled fountains. If I had a stucco house with a courtyard I would have one.
I wondered if I would find these folks.
I've seen them on another blog but can't remember which one, maybe Piece of Eden? As I wandered the garden I was trying to remember if it was here that they lived.
They kind of fascinate and repulse me at the same time. Their shape and proportions are so human, their poses completely realistic. But their faces are like death masks.
I don't think I would want to be walking by one just after dark, alone... (*for more information on these figures scroll down to the comments and read one left by Margaret, a docent at the garden...good stuff! Thanks Margaret)
Our visit is almost over. I cut through the African Garden on my way back to the parking lot.
What a visit...
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