I've been teasing you for weeks with my talk of the glories of spring at the Desert Botanical Garden here in Phoenix. My husband and I have taken hundreds of photos on our visits, and it is now time to do some sharing!
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The beauty started right out in the parking lot...
|Prickly pear blossom|
And continued all the way to the actual entrance of the garden which showcases Dale Chihully's towering glass spires that blaze in the sun.
|On the way to the entrance|
|Strawberry hedgehog cactus and desert marigolds|
|Agave, Claret cup cactus, desert marigolds|
|See the hummingbird at the ocotillo blossoms?|
|Female Gambel's quail hiding in the wildflowers|
|Speaking of wildflowers, how about some desert bluebells?|
|Or globemallow, which comes in a variety of colors.|
|So many of the cacti were almost buried under flower buds... like this one.|
|Some blooms from that overloaded cactus.|
|Grandfather and granddaughter enjoying the garden. Is it shadier than you expected?|
|This cactus is often referred to as Argentine giants.|
|Hairy Argentine giant buds. The flowers are about the size of dinner plates when they bloom.|
|Denis and I had to see what these two women were photographing, so we bided our time.|
|it was a little ground squirrel feasting amongst the sage plants.|
|Look at all those buds-- Wow!|
|The tall columnar cacti were blooming, too.|
|Several cactus flowers look as though they're set in cocoons of cotton.|
|Goat's horn cactus blossoms|
|Although I'd say it was giving birth to cotton balls. Gorgeous spine patterns!|
|Mexican gold poppies|
|Ground squirrel hiding from children. I didn't rat him out.|
|Whatever you do, don't fall on a cholla!|
|Even if it does have lime green blossoms!|
|Black-spined prickly pear blossom|
|More prickly pear|
|Bishop's cap closeup|
|Ever seen a compass barrel cactus in bloom?|
|Compass barrel cactus blooms|
|Silver torch cactus.|
|Thousands of cactus blooms, each with this much pollen? No wonder the bees are drunk!|
|Beavertail prickly pear-- gorgeous!|
|Even the octopus cactus was in bloom!|
|One of the stranger denizens of the garden.|
|Not everything has spines.|
Cactus blossoms can be absolutely, heart-stoppingly beautiful, downright weird, extraterrestrial, or vaguely pornographic, depending on your view.
I hope you enjoyed this little tour of one of the jewels of Phoenix: the Desert Botanical Garden!