Today is the last day of my desert road trip. Unlike other trips, which go out with a whimper, this one ended on a high note—a very high note.
At 8 a.m. this morning I met up with three fellow garden bloggers at the Huntington in San Marino, CA: Denise of A Growing Obsession, Gail of Piece of Eden (and her husband who took lots of photos), and Luisa of Crow and Raven. After a good 30 minutes marveling at the new entrance to the Huntington, we spent almost three hours exploring the world-famous Desert Garden.
Many aloes (and some other succulents) were in full bloom, creating a seemingly inexhaustible supply of photo ops. Below are just a few teaser images. Detailed posts will follow in the weeks to come.
Part of the new entrance: water rill with plants from dry-climate areas around the world
One of many drool-worthy vistas in the Desert Garden
Who says winter has to be dull?
More aloe magic
Denise, Luisa and Gail
Inspired combination of Cleistocactus and Aeonium ‘Sunburst’
Taking great photos at the Huntington is easy: just point and shoot!
One of my favorite spots in the entire Desert Garden
Kalanchoe marnieriana in full bloom
After a very good lunch at the new café in the Huntington’s entrance plaza, I began my 6-hour drive home.
Somewhere south of Bakersfield, traffic on Interstate 5 first slowed to a crawl and then to a complete stop. The reason? Tumbleweed!
I’ve seen a lot of tumbleweed, but never blowing across four lanes of freeway traffic!
Tomorrow I’ll show you which goodies I brought home from my trip.