Saturday, April 14, 2012

Flowers in the desert

In the middle of a smoky casino, full of people who have had too much to drink, children crying from over stimulation and various packs of both genders slurring "I'm getting married tomorrow" there is an oasis of calm. The Bellagio hotel in Las Vegas grows and creates a rich, deep flower garden five times a year (for the four seasons and Chinese New Year which counts as a season given the money demographic in Las Vegas now).

This Spring is a radiant bulb display. Hyacinths, daffodils, lilies and every color and shape of tulips you can imagine. The hyacinth borders are so deep that even as I walked through the garden the delicate scent tickled my nose and drew me in until I was on my knees, face deep into the bulbs. Giant bees fly overhead drinking from giant daffodils, a giant mama swam swims ahead of her two signets, riotous rich color everywhere. Quite perfect.

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