Borrego Springs, California was always a favorite place for me to zip out to, to escape hectic life during my San Diego residence. This time, older and wiser, I decided to hang around, and take my time returning home. It’s in San Diego County, but over the mountains from the beach city, in the low desert.
Sonoran Desert, but the driest part, often termed the Colorado Subdivision.
The outline of the mountain backdrop may be a combination of a nearly-full moon, backlit by greater San Diego.
A 1960’s grocery store conversion to art gallery. The new landscape an appealing mix of native and adapted, water-stingy plants. No gestures to Tahiti or the Midwest.
That’s the “Central Park” of Borrego, and outside a few homes and the golf course, about the only lawn. It teems with snowbirds, safe and warm…locals selling fresh grapefruit and other citrus goodness…on the weekend.
Those mountains and desert skies; those low desert Blue Palo Verde / Parkinsonia florida trees; of course, Date Palm / Phoenix dactylifera, from analogous lower, hotter deserts from north Africa into the Middle East.
Creosote Bush left to dot the ground plane, with some added Desert Agave / Agave desertii, which grows in clumps; it pups readily. It’s hardier than just heat and drought, reported to grow fine in Albuquerque, 5000′ higher.
Only a few plants would be needed to turn it into a stunning casita garden.
Aloe, columnar cacti, Chuparosa, Ocotillo, agaves, golden barrels, Lady’s Slipper, and very-native California or Desert Fan Palm / Washingtonia filifera. Like the palm canyon outside Palm Springs, similar canyons are found on the eastern side of San Diego County’s mountains, including nearby Borrego Palm Canyon.
Too bad I remembered almost every reason I detoured to Borrego, except to get some fresh, locally-grown grapefruits!