No one from the East Coast is naive enough to expect that landscape garden stores will be filled with the same plant products of their past experience, but a visit to The Green Goddess on E. Bell Road, was more exotic than I expected. Accept the usual annuals of Petunia, Snapdragon, Impatiens, Begonia and then add perennials of Acacia, Agave, Aloe, Saguaro and Yucca. And planters that speak to the bigness of living surrounded by so much open space. Huge “Wok” planters, round and square, 50″ to 72″ wide. About the size of my small car. (http://www.greengoddess.com/index.php).
A hot-house filled with every cacti imaginable. Maintenance free gardening heaven I guess. You begin to realize the joy and potential of so much warm weather and outdoor living when you see the wood burning ceramic Chiminea for sale, enticing Koi pond examples where the risk of freeze is minimal, odd and abundant metal art in a world that doesn’t rust. And outdoor exotica of variously shaped glazed earthenware pots in lush locally inspired color names … Hopi Clay, Canyon Shadows, Kaibab Limestone, Pueblo Fossil and Sedona Cliffs. Too bad my terrace is pint sized.
As if to compliment and enhance the depth of color against a desert of beige, rescued Parrots perched open and free. The owner explains that though some wings are clipped, the enticement of a trouble-free home, guaranteed meals and lots of attention keeps them from roaming. A simple sign posted nearby, “Birds Do Bite“, for those of us foolish enough to consider approaching wild animals.