Today is a wrap of my four-part series on our visit to the Boyce Thompson Arboretum last June. I can't believe it took us so many years to finally visit this garden. In my mind it was a day's drive out, beyond Phoenix, but it really wasn't that far, just an hour and ten minutes from my brother's place in North Phoenix. We will definitely visit again.
Agave ovatifolia with sun protection, must be newly planted?
Last week we walked the Chihuahuan Desert trails, this week we skip across the Silver King Wash...
And check out the Cactus and Succulent Garden...
With Boojum! (Fouquieria columnaris)
The fruit on that cactus looks soft, like velvet.
Agave gigantensis (seriously)
Lophocereus schottii var. monstrosus
Agave chrysantha bloom (Golden Flowered Century Plant)
The label says "crested saguaro" in case you can't read it.
Magical, simply magical.
Hey, no problem, we'll just grow out of this little nook in the rock wall.
Another Agave salmiana var. ferox.
Opuntia rufida ends this post, although walking back, through the central part of the garden, one of the park workers stopped me to share the sight of a mama bird feeding her young way up in a tree. It was pretty magical, all the more so because he called me over to watch. What it must be like to spend your days in this garden and watch it, and its inhabitants, change with the seasons.
The other posts in this series are here: Part One, Part Two, Part Three
Weather Diary, Dec 27: Hi 50, Low 39/ Precip trace
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