Many of the Cycads around Ausin had been knocked back hard by a bad winter, it was impressive to see how quickly they bounced back, putting out fantastic new growth.
I think the fuzzy yellow squiggles are what's left of the female flowers?
I envy Austin their ability to grow Cycads.
I wasted no time in finding the small cactus and succulent garden.
Tall blooming Yucca were almost as much a fixture in Austin as the blooming Agaves.
And blooming Cylindropuntia!
I believe these go by the common name horse-crippler? (for obvious reasons)
That's a pretty little flower.
These two! They darted into and out of cover the whole time I was exploring. I'm glad I finally managed to capture a portrait.
Nice trimming work on that palm trunk...
Were there birds in here? I honestly can't remember.
I think I would love to be able to grow Tradescantia pallida like a weed.
Bromleiads and giant Staghorn ferns (and such harsh shadows you can barely see them)!
More Cycads and Agaves...
And a fern forest!
The Prehistoric Garden was said to be quite the draw, and after lunch, and a few speakers, our time in the garden was drawing to a close...time to hurry on through...
Favorite palm ever,
Rebounding Cycad (Dioon edule)...
I've considered planting out my Dioon edule a time or two, they're rumored to be one of the hardier Cycads.
What the what?
A new flush of Cycad growth, doing their best impersonation of the praying hands emoji.
Ya, I may have went a little overboard on the Cycad photos...
Finally it was time to get back on the bus, which picked us up by the lower gate.
Pretty cool, eh?
Weather Diary, Dec 17: Hi 52, Low 34/ Precip .41"
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