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Desert Botanical Garden, Part 5

What a lovely spot for a morning photo shoot — looking across a well-planted area in the garden toward one of the hills in Papago Park.

As best I can tell, this beauty is called a Desert Globemallow.

Desert flowers are not my area of expertise but this seems similar to a picture I found online of Perry's Penstemon. We'll go with that pending correction from an expert.

One of my favorite desert plants is the Fairy Duster.

It comes in multiple shapes and shades — but all are beautiful to me.

These lovelies appear to be Fleabane Daisies.

My guess is a variety of Indian Paintbrush.

Next up is a Blanket Flower. Beautiful but I wonder where it got its name.

I do love these —Firecracker Penstemon. Reminds me of the Firecracker flowers I see in Hawai‘i.

I don't know this one and could not find its name online but it does look like a cousin of the Firecracker plant.

No mistaking this plant, a yucca in full bloom. Welcome to the desert.

Here a most interesting sculpture of a Saguaro Cactus with an equally interesting story behind it. It was created by Jeff Hebets in honor of his cousin, Phil, using pick heads actually used to salvage native plants from development projects. In 1980, Phil originated a tree boxing methodology to enabled over one million native plants to be salvaged rather than bulldozed. The salvage process allowed municipalities to pass ordinances requiring native plants to be saved and replanted in developments. These events, together with revisions to Native Plant Laws, championed by Phil, completely changed the face of landscapes in the desert southwest.

I hope you enjoyed this latest visit to the Desert Botanical Garden.

Life is good.

B. David

P. S., All photos and text © B. David Cathell Photography, Inc. — www.bdavidcathell.com