Saguaro Boom

Saguaro Boom

It was a delight to visit the Boyce Thompson Arboretum on a weekday.  The saguaros bloom in May. The Smith Interpretive Center did not have many cacti in bloom, but the Australian acanthocalycium violaceum was unique. I tested my new camera, a Canon SX 710, by trying out the creative picture function on both a matilija poppy and a South African karoo boer-bean. We had trouble identifying the huge Texas prickly pear that was popular with the bees. The pomegranates were flowering and then forming fruit.  Several distinctive Canary Island date palms dominated their territory before giving way to the giant red gum eucalyptus forest. The trumpet flower of the desert willow surprised us and the beautiful yellow flower of the lilac orchid vine captivated us. Some of the animals we observed included hummingbirds, a turtle, fat squirrels, lizards, and butterflies. We observed from a distance the Picketpost House and entered the Clevenger House. We enjoyed the shade along the Queen Creek riparian area with views Magma Ridge and Picetpost Mountain. The Drover’s wool shed was interesting with an outback truck in the yard and a windmill donated by the Hughes and Areas families. The Boyce Thompson Arboretum is well worth a visit. If you want to try something different for lunch, try the Jade Grill in Superior. The owner, Lucy Wing, has an interesting history of 42 years in New York City before returning to Superior where she grew up. All 11 Wing children graduated from college and went on to interesting careers. Her Asian fusion menu was unexpected.

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