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Monday, May 16, 2022

Weirdo garden, bird, rabbit and turtle


 Moorten botanical garden full of weirdo plants some growing out of lava, some growing out of air but all of them alien looking , sharp and threatening in one way or another.

 few were flowering,  they were the  attention seekers! My camera loved them.



These blossoms popped out of  a snake like cactus that  grows  close to the ground. Tricky thing especially if you are wearing summer shoes or no shoes. The intense color warns , I suppose. Isn't that what nature does?

I don't know what this is - fire?


Globbies  growing large without too much cactusy attitude, just small whisker sized needles, that are impossible to remove. irritating like a paper cut but worse.

Rabbit hopping around in  the extraordinary pony tail plants, some call it elephant foot. See rabbit?

The rabbit looked at home, kind of  a rough and tumble bunny, with raspy fur and a sliced ear.

Weneu.


These photos are just a  sampling of what is there, It is on a small bit of land but the variety is astonishing. 


Also not a good place to stumble and fall.

There were two of these flowers growing out of a lid of a plant that looked like something you would want to avoid.
Blue ring necked dove- and a turtle that was as large as a Volkswagon. he looks like he is so over it...

A large bench carved out of some sort of desert thing that died for your  bottom's comfort.


It is a worthy garden to visit,but not  the sort you might be compelled to relax in. Pondering the meaning of life in this garden might lead you to some  fatalistic philosophy.  Humans are too marshmallow soft for these clever -make- you- bleed  plants.




There was so much  - my camera  clicked madly - this post  is just a small bit of what it clicked. A far more unusual botanical garden  than what we have in the north. I don't think elves and fairies would like this garden much, unless they were made of  orneriness and venom .  We leave it to the turtle, the hare and the strange looking dove. They manage just fine. Though , as I said, Turtle is over it.

16 comments:

  1. The world of cactus is so amazing, so much variety. The "peas" growing form the lava in the first picture are what my mum called "String of Pearls" and were often seen here in hanging baskets.

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    1. String of pearls must be very hearty to grow in lava in the not so forgiving climate of the desert! They are cute!

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  2. Cacti has my respect but oh, how I personally hate the spiny ones! As a child in Roseland, they grew all over- how odd to think of such plants growing in the verdant woods near the river but they did. And you're right about the little needle ones- ugh. I probably still have some of them in me. And of course the big spiny ones were scary as hell. But these certainly have their own alien beauty.
    Tortoises, like iguanas, ALWAYS look pissed off. Do you suppose they wore more pleasant expressions when they were newer creatures back about a trillion years ago?

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    1. Hahahaha they do look pissed off and rightly so, they live forever in cumbersome bodies, no chance of ever being attractive.Cactus in Roseland is a surprise! I guess they are such survivors that they can grow anywhere.

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  3. Such alien-looking plants! Make sure to stay upright at that garden.

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    1. no kidding! Not a place for a picnic or any roughhousing shenanigans.

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  4. Lots of very cool thorny plants that don't even look like plants. They make awesome flowers though.

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    1. Cactus flowers are amazing, Sunday go to church hats on a thorny unfriendly stalk

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  5. Some very weird plants. They look more like coral than vegetation!

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    1. Cactus are just plain ol' weird, a garden full of all sorts is like another planet somewhere out there! I bet they could grow on the moon!

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  6. What an interesting colorful prickly place for a walk. Just seeing all the cactus plants there made me think of my parents. I have a very old barrel cactus that my father dug up 30 years ago and planted in a big pot. That potted cactus is in my yard. It's always wondering where the sun is. In all the years I've had it's only bloomed once.

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    1. wow, that is an old cactus especially without sun! Determined!

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  7. That's a very impressive collection of plants. I do love the alien looking things producing such beautiful blossoms.

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  8. Too many years since I visited a desert, but I have been several times to Cleveland Botanical Gardens and marveled at the cactus and their flowers on offer.
    And PS, I fixed my site.

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  9. I love botanical gardens and the weirdo plants are terrific. So's that cute bunny!

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