… to see Chihuly in the Garden for my annual winter trip to the Desert Botanical Garden with Deborah! This photo close up of Sapphire Star, 2010, by Dale Chihuly, installed 2013.
As you pass through the entry gate, the first of many surprises greets you, here Dale Chihuly, Sapphire Star , 2010, greets visitors. Installed in 2013, the exhibit runs until May 18, 2014. Let me just say it is spectacular spectacular!!
Blue Fiori Sun, 2013 sits above a dry wall with Fouquieria splendens (ocotillo) in the background, left; & Euphorbia rigida (gopher plant) in the foreground, left.
I didn’t get all the proper names of the Chihuly’s, but this one – and a few others – reminded Deb & I of Medusa. Red & Yellow blown glass on a single tall post, two of which lined the entry to the choice of trails beyond.
I took a close-up of Chihuly’s Polyvitro Chandelier 2006, in the Succulent Gallery … dig this …
It’s a skyscraper! No, it’s Chihuly’s Polyvitro Chandelier 2006! Even before we were standing next to it I was laughing and wanting to have my picture taken with it (sorry, not included)!
But I did get Deb to pose for me next to this beast – just fantastic orange red & yellow twisting blown glass attached to a red post, nestled in there with the cactus & agave.
There she blows! You gotta have some fun, right? Whether you luv ‘em or otherwise, all these creations by Chihuly made us laugh – and when I checked everyone around us was having just as much fun with them. Isn’t that what vacations, and gardens, are for!
There were glass balls on the ground amongst the plants as well. This yellow & black ball by Chihuly caught my eye.
These tall slender spikes, or ‘Reeds’ as they were called, were discovered throughout the garden in a multitude of colours from purple, above, to yellow, green, black & white, and red.
The red of Chihuly’s Red Reeds was especially vibrant with the opuntia and saguaro.
Chihuly Yellow Herons 2007 was especially vibrant in the garden. Although I could go on & on …
… last one! Pink & white featured with reeds – all Chihuly. Forgive me for not knowing all the proper titles but WOW! What a show! It’s been awhile since I’ve updated my blog, so how about some desert plants now …
The fruit of this Ferocactus wislizeni (fishhook barrel cactus) were so beautiful I had to take a close-up. In the Entry Garden, near the Chihuly Sapphire Star, 2010.
Ferocactus latispinus (Devil’s tongue) is a species of barrel cactus native to the southern United States to central Mexico.
Opuntia basilaris (Beavertail pricklypear) is native to the south-west United States. Almost puts our native-Ontario opuntia to shame – almost!
Opuntia polyacantha var. erinaceae (Grizzly bear pricklypear) has long flowing spines which sometimes completely cover the flat, medium-sized pads.
Opuntia engelmannii var. linguiformis (Cow tongue pricklypear) is critically imperilled in its native range, as so noted on the Desert Botanical Garden’s label for this cactus.
Yucca rigida (Blue yucca) is tree-like with long blue-grey blades – stunning.
Last time I visited the Desert Botanical Garden, these three Yucca faxoniana (Faxon yucca) were sporting spectacular flower spikes.
This Yucca elata (soaptree yucca) was reaching up into that bright blue sky that followed me everywhere while I was in the low desert. The weather was as warm (hot some days) there as it was cold here. I might add though that it was easily a minimum of 6 degrees centigrade above average winter temperatures.
Stay tuned for agaves next week!
Fouquieria splendens (Ocotillo) reaching for that Blue Sky!