Monday, June 7, 2010
ARID LANDS GREENHOUSE
Whoa, almost missed the sign!!!! I can't tell you how much fun it was to have the opportunity to swing by Arid Lands Greenhouses. It was even almost "on the way" between our two tourist spots of the day, the Sonoran Desert Museum (awesome) and Sabino Canyon (awesome, too). How can you say no to a mere 30 minute detour? I mean, how often does one go to Tuscon??
Arid Lands (at least what I saw of it) consists of three long, connected, cylindrical greenhouses slightly off of the main road. We missed it the first time and caught it on the U-turn. I was frantically hoping that U-turns were legal in the state of Arizona, because goodness knows I did NOT have my papers (insert WWII German accent) on me at the time. The first two buildings consisted of seedlings, young plants, mature small plants, and some large adeniums in flower.
Huge, beautiful, flowering Astrophytum myriostigma (Bishop's cap). I want one so badly!!! Mine is currently a baby, and it sure isn't growing as quickly as I'd like it too. Maybe it needs a new pot. My Bishop's cap is currently in a West-facing window at work. This little guy looked like he needed as much sun as he could get.
Aww, isn't she cute??? If only she would grow LAAAAARGER. Grow! Do it now! The astrophytum is currently living next to Chicken Little, the hysterical Adenium arabicum seedling. Who, by the way, went completely bald after his crazy 80's bender and is now regrowing new leaves. How embarrassing, see below: