Welcome reader to my blog - a mixture of this and that. Now that we are living in a retirement community in downtown Columbia, MD my personal gardening activities are somewhat curtailed. I still enjoy visiting gardens, reading, watching wildlife on my walks, traveling, and occasional food commentary. Please leave a comment if you feel inspired to do so. I read every one of them.

Friday, April 19, 2019

Desert Botanical Gardens

If you've ever been to Arizona you know its the perfect climate for succulents especially cacti.  Did you know cactus is a succulent but not every succulent is a cactus?

On my visit earlier this month to my brother's home, one outing was to the Desert Botanical Gardens in Scottsdale.  Spring was just starting in Arizona visible in the light green of the new leaves above us.

Our first stop was to see the butterflies but there was so much to see on our way there.  Cacti and wildflowers in bloom.

Inside the butterfly garden the butterflies were everywhere.

One landed on my bag.

From there we wandered the trails marveling at all the varieties of cacti.

Spotted a lizard and a snake though didn't get the snake's picture taken.

We went in the late afternoon so the shadows were long and temps were moderate.

A beautiful spot to enjoy the wonders of the desert.


Tom said...

...having lived my entire life in the northeast, this landscape would take a lot of getting use to.

Cynthia said...

What gorgeous photos. And even more gorgeous in person, I’m sure.

diane b said...

Wow what a beautiful place. The plants are so exoctic..

Stewart M said...

Looks great - reminds me of a place I was taken birding when I was there for a conference - it may even be the same place!

cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Kay said...

Those desert flowers are so gorgeous. I loved seeing you spring flowers too!

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