Wednesday, February 17, 2016

2/16 Boyce Thompson Arboretum

It is HOT here, so I tried to get an early start this morning. Unfortunately, I am not an early start person and it is over an hour's drive to the Boyce Thompson Arboretum.  Really, I had driven past here in December on my way west.  Should have stopped then, when it was actually chilly. 

Anyway, got here at around 10:30 a.m. and found lots of parking available, even for my big vehicle.  They were having a plant sale.  (I do miss gardening!) 

It was not very busy, which made for a pleasant walk.

This was the only blooming cactus I saw.  However, with the rain they had in December and January, there will most like be a lot of cactus and desert plants in bloom later this spring and summer.

Nice to have a bench and some shade! 

When this arboretum was developed 100 years ago, it was mostly desert and a few  trees along a wash and low place.  You would not believe that now because of so many trees providing shade and the grounds thickly planted with cactus and shrubs.

There are several greenhouses on the property, but this is one of the oldest.

This is a wash or dry creek bed.  Once in a while there is actually water in it, but that water results in a lot of natural growth.

A large tour group guided by a lady who lives on the property.

This is an Argentine Saguaro cactus.  You can tell the difference between these and American Saguaros because their branches start much closer to the base of the cactus.

 This is a very unusual crested barrel cactus. There is a mutation at the growing top which causes it to grow in a fan pattern.

Boyce Thompson is not as carefully landscaped at the Desert Botanical Gardens, but it is full of interesting plants and a very nice place to spend a few hours with many fewer people.

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