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Friday, January 4, 2008

Today was a 'Betsy' day. I promise you no history, no engineering, but I do promise you lots of 'pretty' pictures! Although it dawned bright, there was a bitter wind this morning, so we decided we'd leave the rest of Bree's waxing for a warmer day and visit Corpus Christi's Botanical gardens. Neither wanting to persuade the other that we should be doing something more like work. Now, bearing in mind that its winter - validated by the number of RVers who are walking around the park wrapped in heavy coats, hats, scarves and gloves - we didn't have high expectations.
It's true many of the areas were 'tired' and many of the plants & shrubs were not in flower, sadly its not the season for hummingbirds,  but on the plus side there were some unexpected treasures. For me the highlight was the orchid house. A confusion of pots, leaves, plants and hanging containers, rather like you might expect from an avid collector who is running out of room.  On first glance it too looked rather dormant, but as we made our way through the rather tangled assortment we found many enchanting blooms, hanging quiet and serene amongst the proliferation of green leaves. I've no idea about their names, I don't profess to know anything about them, but hey...aren't they just gorgeous?

 Their growing conditions were rather a surprise though, most, not in much if any soil and the house wasn't really humid but the air was kept constantly moving with large fans. It's no wonder we're not all that successful in keeping them going in our dry centrally heated homes. Well done Hazel & Nat who I know have kept plants and had them bloom for more than one season!
Outside the rose garden was past its best, but there were one or two splendid blooms left. In the arid garden it was odd to see cacti and palms side by side.

As we read a plant label I spotted a tiny green frog on the stake, he was about the size of my thumbnail. Well he must be plastic we thought as we stood waiting for some miniscule movement to prove us wrong, in the end Malc gently poked him with his finger, a finger I might add that was probably larger than the frog itself. A minute twitch told us he was indeed real!

Malc found a concrete sofa, for those of you who have been to our garden you will know he found this interesting! Our bench will be finished when we come back.

We took a stroll along the 'Wetlands' boardwalk, but it wasn't quite as wet as it should have been, it led to a trail around the creek where Malc made me feel very uncomfortable. Snakes again!

Check out the gardens at:   http://stxbot.org
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