San Diego Botanical Garden

We had intended to visit Sea World San Diego but having arrived there, the place was heaving with people and so we decided to turn around and head for the San Diego Botanical Gardens.

Other than birds, we saw only one bit of wildlife – this very tiny lizard!  Look carefully now!
San Diego is, apparently, the biggest grower of avocados and it was amazing to see them still on the trees in December!
 We also saw bananas growing.

 Lovely displays of plants

 And flowers. 

We used to grow Agapanthus in our garden in St Albans, something we are not sure will survive here in Alberta!  It was a real treat to see them again!

 We walked up to the viewing platform, where you got a nice look out over the ocean.

 These are Dragon Trees, when you look at the branches, you can see why.

This is a bit hard to see, but it is a paper tree.  The bark was just like layers of paper and you could tear bits off in thin strips.  Very odd!
Giant Bamboo
 And of course, oranges, which seem to grow in an abundance, everywere.
After leaving so much snow, it was a real treat to get out into the sunshine and walk around a lovely quiet garden.

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