Spring Bloom In The Huntington Desert Garden

 Though there are still Aloes blooming in April, the majority are finished, and spring bloomers such as Puyas take over. 
Cericidium x 'Desert Museum'
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The Cericidium yellow competed with the glowing Golden Barrels.
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This Euphorbia was also ablaze.
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Pachycereus marginatus
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Agave marmorata has particularly bright flowers:
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Flowers all over the Euphorbia millii
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We counted eight fat hummingbirds fighting over this mass of hybrid Aloe flowers.  
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And many Puyas were just beginning their floral show.
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That amazing rich deep blue...
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These are enormous--24" (60 cm) tall, at least, on a 10' (3 meter) stalk.
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   photo dg5719_zps260f1264.jpg An out-of-the-ordinary Erythrina, E. acanthocarpa:
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House finches on a cactus
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How's this for tall? 
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In future, I will not hesitate to visit the Desert Garden in April.  There's more to it than Aloes.
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  1. Thank you for sharing your beautiful photos from the Huntington. Following your lead, I took my mom over for a visit on Wednesday to see the roses. She's 91, so we limited our walking and I missed seeing the desert garden, always one of my favorites. I'll go back but it's a treat to see what I missed this time!

    1. I hope you had a lovely visit with your dear Mom. The Desert Garden is surely worth a return trip--and the Japanese Garden, and the Chinese Garden, and the galleries...

  2. Thanks for saving me a trip, though I'm sure in person it's even better! The Parkinsonia X 'Desert Museum' (Cercidium) is stunning with those barrels...looks like a combo made in heaven, especially if I could add a blue wall in there somewhere when it appears in one of my designs...

    1. A blue wall would be fantastic!

      In person you get the hummingbird fights--they add to the fun.

  3. Great photo of the Gasteria. It's the hummingbirds' favorite plant right now. Actually all the photos are superb. Love the odd colors of the puya flowers.

    1. Glad you liked the photos. The Puya colors are quite amazing--many of the Bromeliads have striking colors.

  4. I've admired the foliage on Gasteria but I didn't know they produce such beautiful flowers. Now I HAVE to get one (or 2 or 3). I did acquire a Puya a couple of months ago but I understand I'll have a good long wait before I see it flower.

    1. The Gasteria flowers look hand painted. The hummingbirds love them, too. My 10 year old Puya...still waiting...

  5. So beautiful the Cericidium flowering over the Cactaea.

  6. I know you had good subjects to work with, but your photos are beautiful.

    1. All you have to do there is stand and press the shutter button. There's beauty everywhere.


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