Which brings me to this next set of images from the Huntington. I knew the entrance had been completely redone, so I was anticipating that. But there were other changes too, for starters there seemed to be a spaceship to the left of the rill...
That was a little disorienting. Walking on I saw the big clump of bamboo that—for me—had marked the beginning of the garden. It was still there, but the plants around it had changed. I remember (and who knows if that memory is correct) lawn and one large swooping pathway. Now there were smaller pathways and more agaves, obviously this was not a bad thing, just a little disorienting.
Before I took a closer look at the agaves though, I thought went to check out the spaceship. Reading this sign I remembered a post one of my blogger friends did about this installation. That was ages ago though, I never dreamed it would still be here.
The satellite sounds were interesting, but I found it even more fascinating to check out the plant shapes through the perforations in the metal walls. Inside...
Those aloes were gorgeous.
Such a clear, bright color.
Encephalartos some something. I want to pick this up and take it home, so cute!
Another stunning aloe...
This shot confirmed what I suspected, that there was still work being done in this area. I loved the juxtaposition of the well worn wheelbarrow parked in this world-class garden.
Time to check out those new (to me) agave plantings.
Oh my. That white chalk-line ran right over several choice plants.
On second thought maybe this wasn't a new planting after all. Perhaps the renovations meant some of these are coming out? (and when will I get to go back and see for myself!...)
Damn, I do love a nice round Agave victoriae-reginae...
And that's a stunning Agave applanata 'Cream Spike' (or is it? now I'm questioning myself)
I love it when I get to see a bloomed out agave that's formed bulbils to replace the flowers.
I think this is an Agave macroacantha.
Soon to be a lot of Agave macroacantha.
Stay on the paths! Ah...now I get it. The big bamboo clump I mentioned above (shown below) used to suffer from folks carving their initials in the culms. Now you don't walk right by it any longer, and their's a row of spiky cycads to deter exploring. Hopefully it won't be an issue. Hopefully.
And now that I see the row of nodding Agave attenuata bloom spikes under the palm trees in the distance my sense of place is reoriented and I know that's the path into the desert garden. Time to go explore!
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