In 2003, I went to Peru with Mr. Mouse. I saw a real cactus for the first time. Sure, I’d seen them in pots or at botanical gardens but I’d never seen any in their native environment. Just there. I was fascinated by them, happy to see them in “real life”. Everyone in our group laughed at me except for this one girl from Australia. She was the only one to understand my excitement. And I mean, seriously? What’s so weird about having never seen a cactus in the wild when you’ve lived in Canada your whole life? Newsflash: they don’t grow there!
My trip to California reminded me of my experience in Peru. There were so many similar plants and trees and all of a sudden, I’d see something I’d never seen before. A decidedly tropical flower, a really big fluffy thing (like a dandelion but bigger)… Palm trees where I wouldn’t expect them… Redwoods… Here’s a collection of plants I liked. Some of them were completely new to me and some were old favorites (hello, strawberries!). Some were planted there and some were wild. And hey, if you know their names, feel free to tell me in the comments! Except for the strawberries. I know strawberries.