I promised you more of the Desert Botanical Gardens and I aim to keep that promise. If Jo’s walking today, this is my walk for her. Although the desert is mostly about cacti (the plural of cactus), and cacti have beautiful flowers, if there’s enough water and the temperature is right, you can get other flowers as well. Outback Steakhouse has their Bloomin’ Onion, but the bloomin’ desert is prettier and has way less calories!!

Although flowers can get up close and personal with cacti, I suggest you keep a respectful distance and always watch where you walk. Here you just have to stay on the path, but if you’re elsewhere, keep your eyes open. As it warms up, you always have to watch for rattlesnakes, not here probably but elsewhere. My husband’s seen several on the path along the canal where he rides his bike. I, fortunately, have yet to have that wonderful experience. I can wait.

We weren’t the only ones appreciating the flowers. The netting’s in place as protection from birds and critters of various kinds who might wish to express their appreciation for what they consider edible flowers and plants in a more destructive way.

It was wonderful to see all the color, but just all the green, whatever its source, was a joy as well. To have both was perfect.

  1. Debbie Smyth says:

    I’d love a wander around there. What a fantastic show of colour.

  2. restlessjo says:

    What a wonderful sight, Janet! I’ve got the washing out today so next week will be a walk, and you’ll be in there πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ We do get snakes here too but I’m not very observant and mostly don’t see them. Too busy smelling the flowers! Have a good week!

  3. ledrakenoir says:

    Amazing. πŸ™‚ Not suitable as a gardener at all, possesses neither desire nor ability. But with two plant types, I’m not that bad at all. Roses outdoors and cactus indoors. Often (to the great surprise of many) our cacti all bloom every year. No doubt because they are weird like myself. :d

    • πŸ™‚ I did well as gardener until I moved here. Now I have to figure out seasons, watering (trees and bushes need different amounts than cacti, which don’t need much) and, even more so, to rock-hard soil we have.

  4. de Wets Wild says:

    Looks like a beautiful place to spend all day! Thanks for brightening our Monday!

  5. peggy says:

    How gorgeous. Miss the desert so much. Thanks for sharing these great photos. Had a friend get personal with what we called a jumping cactus. Spikes in his knee with barbs that made them hard to remove. My husband pulled them out in the desert where we were camping. Poor Dennis was in such pain when they were in and when they came out.

  6. Oh wow … the beauty of desert blooms that I’ve never seen in person, but have heard about. I’ve got the feeling we will see more.

  7. Dan Antion says:

    Interesting and different, but green and beautiful.

  8. Sue says:

    What a great place!

  9. Cee Neuner says:

    Oh what marvelous photos and color πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

  10. Bloomin’ brilliant! This is so beautiful. I’d love to learn more about dessert gardening, considering the brutal summers here in Texas… I want to find something I can grow without killing instantly. This is a huge inspiration.

    • Last year when we first moved here, I bought a number of plants, mostly veggie, at Lowe’s. I watered them, covered them with something to provide sun protection…and they all died. It was both frustrating and irritating. I’m still mad at Lowe’s for selling things at times they won’t grow. πŸ™‚

      I suggest finding a nursery, going there, and asking for suggestions. They’ll know what grows best, when to plant, what to plant, and what care is needed for success. I have to do the same thing, although it’s almost passed time to plant here. Cacti should be fine, though.

  11. JT Twissel says:

    I haven’t had a lot of luck growing cacti unfortunately – this is definitely the time of year to enjoy them!

  12. Su Leslie says:

    So lovely to see cacti in their natural place. I’m used to tiny specimens in the garden centre. Thanks Janet.

  13. Leya says:

    Spectacular, Janet! So much colour and grandeur!

  14. Gradmama2011 says:

    Beautiful desert flowers! These are great photos, I do love all things of the desert! Cacti are amazing

  15. We live in the desert too! And flowers are just starting to show up all around us. So much less than last year after all the rain in 2019. I did have the pleasure of discovering a rattlesnake last year! We were out hiking and I hear the rattle. I looked down, and there he was. Not too close to freak me out, but close enough to get some great pictures! The desert is so beautiful this time of year!! I would love to visit those gardens.

  16. It is so colourful! Beautiful!

  17. It’s so colorful and pretty! Thanks for the armchair walk. πŸ˜€

  18. Resa says:

    How pretty! A desert garden is almost a dessert garden. Lovely shots, Janet!

  19. Eunice says:

    I had indoor cacti for several years but none ever flowered. This looks like a lovely place to walk round and I love the first photo πŸ™‚

    • It really is a beautiful place to walk although as summer comes along, early morning is the only time I’d want to be there as it will just get too hot. πŸ™‚ I have an indoor Christmas cactus and it’s bloomed most year but not always around Christmas. πŸ™‚


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