April 30th, 2014

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Still in Las Vegas

We particularly enjoyed our visit of the Botanic Garden. A surprising number of desert plants bloom, for yuccas to cacti, to many different agaves and others. I liked very much a small tree called Palo Verde, curious because of its green bark

Palo verde bark
It also has abundant yellow blooms

Palo verde blooms

Palo Verde tree
There were many cacti, several in bloom or about to

cacti

bright cactus flower

various cacti

There are other plants as well

callistemon or bottle brush

This is an Australian plant, called callistemon, or "bottle brush" because of the shape of the flowers. These are mainly red, though the size of the shrub varies, and looked as though they were dipped in gold. There were also desert bluebells and California poppies.

desert bluebells

California poppies with  sempervivum

In front of these poppies is a mass of peculiar looking sempervivens (hens & chicks).

I will post my last photos later.
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Last few days in Las Vegas

I want to show you some pictures of the garden where we were. It felt like an oasis.

putting green
Please note that this "putting green" is actually artificial grass. In this photo, only the very bottom of the picture shows real turf. The dark wine colored tree is a flowering plum. There are in fact 4 of them.

covered terrace
This is the covered terrace at the rear of the house. It is always shaded and very pleasant. Against the back wall you may be able to distinguish a couple of rosebushes. There are several on the property. Roses seem to do very well in Vegas.

Outside is a common area with mostly shaded walks.

path

common ground

We went to see Lake Las Vegas, a development and recreation area not far from the city, with an artificial lake. You can go boating or paddle boarding on it, or simply swim. What I found strange, when we arrived, was to see an imitation of Florence's Ponte Vecchio!

Ponte Vechhio
Of course, Las Vegas is the city of make believe...
However, the rest of the place was more as expected.

boating

beach

Definitely a nice vacation!