Yup, another year older.
However this year my hubby surprised me with a trip to Las Vegas. I have always been curious about this city of casinos, the lights along the strip, but mostly I wanted a glimpse of the Grand Canyon. My wish was granted. We stayed at the Belagio Hotel known for its street-side fountain displays throughout the day and evening. As hotels go, it was great. They even upgraded the room -Thank you. So here are some pics that I think will interest you.
The ceiling in the lobby of the Belagio is covered in glass flowers by the famous Dale Chihuly of California. If I could have taken something home....
They had an area near the lobby that they called the botanical garden. That is stretching the truth, but there were some interesting floral displays.
|Foxgloves and something pink I do not recognize (too early for chrysanthemums?)|
|with Chihuly glass|
|An amazing artwork of real flowers !|
Poolside there were a few mentionables
|Fragrant peach hybrid tea|
|Red hybrid teas bordered by boxwood were in beds along the pool|
|This single red rose may be Altissimo, backed by, I think, jasmine|
The highlight of the trip was the Grand Canyon. I have always felt that the best way to see it (or some of it) is by helicopter. Despite some fear and possible motion sickness I got in that helicopter.
|up up and away|
|We flew over the Hoover Dam|
And of course there were some desert plants that I can use help in naming. Any south western readers out there?
|perhaps a sage of some kind?|
|two cacti and....|
|these beauties are also found in the hotel gardens|
|close up of flower|