Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Little Gems (con't.)

Gem #2 was the Water Conservation Garden at Cuyamaca College - another freebie and a pleasant surprise.

I guess they do things in a big way.

Being a water conservation garden, you expect to see cactus and desert plants.

As well as palo verde trees, aloe, and other plants that we see in Mesa.

But they also showed how to create areas of low water usage which included some grass.

Isn't this lovely?  It's clivia lily (clivia miniata.)

I guess the garden takes a lot of trimming.

Butterfly weed (asclepias tuberosa) is popular with the monarch butterfly for its nectar and as a food source for the monarch caterpillar.  I had one of these plants when I lived in Florida and by the end of the summer, it was stripped of leaves.  I hope I helped out the monarch population.

I really enjoyed the garden and Ron read all the informational signs.  I guess it's a right brain/left brain thing.  Or maybe a Mars/Venus thing.


  1. What a beautiful garden. Do you miss your garden or maybe think that every stop you make you have a new back garden outside your door.

  2. Beautiful. Those oversized sculptures remind me of the oversized typewriter eraser sculpture in a garden in Washington DC.

  3. I always thought lilies needed lots and lots of water. Interesting that they can be used in a water conservation area. I think Californian's need to spend lots of time here learning how to survive their lack of water.

  4. Judging from the size of those tools, that place must be Paul Bunyan's retirement home... ;c)

  5. Love the garden, water conservation is on my mind a lot these days.

  6. Thanks for the yummy fish dinner, and fun evening. I've got your blog on my radar now. Have a great road trip North.