I had to laugh at Bert’s post about how warm it is in Michigan. Two days ago I drove to Vancouver BC from Seattle through a snow storm. Sigh. I’m already wishing I was back in Palm Desert…so today I’ll introduce you to The Living Desert, one of my favorite plant places to visit. It’s got stellar display gardens featuring the vegetation of the southwest desert ecosystems, all labeled, with tidbits of information on natural history, medicinal uses, etc. (American desert purists will need to grit their teeth and endure the exotic animal exhibits, the miniature railroad display, and Village WaTuTu.)
One of these things just doesn’t belong…
But back to the desert display gardens:
Note the sprinkler spray in the background against the sky. It takes a lot of extra irrigation to maintain this planting density in a desert environment.
And here’s one of my favorite desert natives from last week’s post – Nolina parryi – on sale in their nursery:
I’m always a sucker for Bad Staking Examples and The Living Desert did not disappoint:
The Living Desert is a mecca for local wildlife, given the plentiful food and water available. We had company for lunch:
Until next week, I’m in a warm, happy place…at least in my mind.