Last week, I shared half of our visit to the Desert Botanical Garden and left you just as we were getting close to our favorite place to relax, the Patio Cafe. Now it's time to share the rest of our stroll with you.
These virtual tours do have their advantages. You don't have to slather on sunscreen, get your wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses, and bring along a big bottle of cold water. But we did, so here we go!
|The building is the Webster Auditorium. The huge cactus towering over it to the left are cardon cactus. They are the biggest cactus in the world, and they've been here as long as the Desert Botanical Garden has-- 1939.|
|The cardons were in bloom, too, and the outer layer of those blooms looks and feels like tan velvet.|
|Cactus flowers come in all shapes, sizes, and colors, including pink-tinged white.|
|The Patio Cafe from our vantage point. To the left, you can buy drinks and food. Note that large pot on the left. There's more than meets the eye going on there.|
|Squirrels of all sizes live at the Garden.|
|Juvenile male Gambel's quail.|
|We'd been feeding two nursing mothers raw sunflower seeds when I discovered that one of them had her seed cache under that large pot!|
|A nice shady bridge. I was heading for the succulent garden.|
|A rare crested saguaro. There was a hole further down its trunk. You know me. I always check holes.|
|That's because there's usually something looking out at me!|
|I loved the name of this cactus. Mother of Hundreds.|
|Some cactus blooms can be a bit... unsightly.|
|Multi-tasking: hulling sunflower seeds and cooling her tummy on the ground. (db)|
|A new prickly pear pad. (db)|
|Ocotillo blossoms. (db)|
|Inside the butterfly conservatory. (db)|
|Golden barrel cactus blossoms. (db)|
|Huge Madagascan ocotillo-- much different from our native variety! (db)|
|But I will say that our native variety has much prettier flowers! (db)|
|Sonoran Desert snowdrifts. (db)|
Well, that concludes our stroll through the Desert Botanical Garden. I hope you enjoyed it because we certainly did!