We've been going to the zoo often lately to see Emerson, the tiger Scott "adopted" for me for Valentine's Day. This time, I decided to pay attention not only to the fauna, but also to the flora.
You can tell that some of the plants have been around for years, if not decades, and many have been allowed to naturalize:
Purple and white wisteria is all over the place. So is trumpet vine:
Yellow irises thrive in the marshy areas:
Scott thought these cypress knees were really weird. I thought it was cool that the zoo didn't try to chop them down.
Bamboo (to the right -- ignore vulture):
The newer plants at the zoo were obviously chosen for toughness. These are all plants that can take heat, humidity and drought. Once established, they will require almost zero care.
Pretty pale pink camellias:
Prickly pear cacti:
Japanese maples and azaleas (in the background):
Peaceful, isn't it?