|Purple Prickly Pear|
|Teddy Bear Cactus|
We visited the Desert Botanical Gardens in Phoenix. At the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston I'd been blown away by a huge Dale Chihuly sculpture - a massive cactus-like tree made of thousands of handblown glass spikes. It was serendipitous that there was a Chihuly exhibition on at the Botanic Gardens. Aren't they marvellous? Almost as good as the cacti, which I have totally come around to after never being much of a succulent fan. They were so varied and extraordinary. Some were like geometric puzzles, some were prehistoric, some were delicate, some over-the-top.