Sunday, December 23, 2018

Huntington Desert Garden eye candy for the holidays (New World 1)

My previous post had eye candy from the Old World section of the Huntington's Desert Garden. Click here to read it.

For some reason, I took even more photos in the New World section when I visited the week after Thanksgiving; it must have been the late afternoon light that made cactus spines glow like liquid gold. I'll share 90+ images with you over the next couple of days to make your holidays succulently spiny.

First, let's stop briefly at the Yucca rostrata sentinels in the entrance garden...

I read that this is a Yucca rostrata cultivar called 'Blue Velvet'

...and then jump right into the heart of the Desert Garden:

These cactus have been here for decades

Tree-like Opuntia




Large mound of Deuterocohnia lorentziana amidst the Cleistocactus

Deuterocohnia lorentziana

Baja fairy duster (Calliandra californica) flowering year round

Caesalpinia cacalaco, the famous cascalote tree from tropical Mexico

Stunning bark on Caesalpinia cacalaco

A spiky wonderland so beautiful it could make a grown man weep



Agave ovatifolia


Mammillaria compressa

Parodia sp.






Hechtia marnier-lapostollei

Agave victoria-reginae

Astrophytum ornatum

Hechtia glauca

Hechtia glauca

Hechtia huamelulaensis, a rare hechtia species from Oaxaca, Mexico described in 2014. Droolworthy!


Variegated Bromelia balansae

White floss-silk tree (Ceiba insignis)

Ceiba insignis

Ceiba insignis

Ceiba insignis

Where the Old World meets the New World

Agave titanota

Entering the yellow-and-blue wonderland of golden barrels (Echinocactus grusonii) and Agave parryi var. truncata



Beaucarnea recurvata









Echinocactus ingens, a golden barrel relative

Fallen agave flower stalk

Unlabeled Hechtia

Agave impressa with wild colors

Check back tomorrow for more eye candy from the New World section of the Huntington Desert Garden.


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Have a Merry Christmas! 


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11 comments:

  1. Looking at these photos this morning with my coffee was much more fun than reading the Washington Post !

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    1. Looking a photos of the Huntington is the perfect antidote to the sh*tstorm raging in our nation's capital.

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  2. The light was indeed with you! Beautiful photos as always.

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    1. Thank you, Kris. It's an inspiring place for sure. Someday I'll make time to explore all the gardens at a leisurely pace.

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  3. I love going to the H. in winter! My fav time to visit the desert garden, which really fattens up if there's been rain.

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    1. Many aloes already looked fat and happy. I imagine by now the aloe flower show is in full swing.

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  4. Lovely! Thank you for sharing these wonderful shots... I think im dragging the family down there after Christmas!

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    1. The perfect place to go after Christmas! Has your family been there?

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  5. Thank you again for such fantastic photographs. I think you really love these plants, as we do. Someday, a book, perhaps?

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    1. Thank you, Carol. Much appreciated. A book would be a fun project. Give me a few more years of insane running around :-)

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  6. Your photos of these marvelous plants are out-of-this-world! Thank you for posting them all!

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