Though I relieved some pressure staying with an old friend from my days in San Diego, who now lived here, long since married with wife and two teenagers.
The next day, I visited the Wildflower Center. By the way, most every plant in each photo grows well in Albuquerque, but it takes good design, too. They have it all going on here!
Beargrass / Nolina texana:
Trailing Indigo Bush / Dalea greggii (T or C and warmer):
Cross Vine / Bignonia capreolata:
Mexican Buckeye / Ungnadia speciosa:
A GOOD naturalistic design, not random chaos, which turns people off of natives. Bluebonnet / Lupinus texensis, Lindheimer Muhley / Muhlenbergia lindheimeri, an unidentified lower-height grass area, and Spanish Dagger / Yucca treculeana in foreground:
An effective symmetrical, axial bed arrangement in this space, defined by the U-shaped ramada (called an arbor to those eastern folks across the Pecos, or pergola for the Italiphile). This makes it possible to contain a variety of concepts in each similarly-sized module:
This is the great plains cousin of the Wright's Verbena you see in my Abq pics, Prairie Verbena / Verbena bipinnitifida:
This is one of my favorite parts of this garden - the demonstration areas. All three use native plants, but in three different styles, often with some similar plants, though not always:
Soft and sharp!
This is the top of a viewing tower at the garden; Beargrass / Nolina texana and Texas Prickly Pear / Opuntia lindheimeri:
Nice railing touch!
Great dialogue between architecture, shade ramadas, walking spaces, and planting areas..you know, good design!
Globemallow / Sphaeralcea incana:
"Words of wisdom, Lloyd...words...of.....wisdom," Jack Nicholson playing Jack Torrance in The Shining.
Afterwards, I met my friend Daphne for lunch and lemonade:
I thought a dog was a man's best friend? She brought Augie with her, and we visited some nurseries, before I got back to work.