Today we are sharing one of the most wonderful surprises Barcelona has given us lately. Yesterday we featured a sneak peek through our Instax Challenge so you already know what this place called Mossèn Costa i Llobera garden (a.k.a cactus garden in Barcelona) is about, but what we found totally exceeded the expected landscape and became one of my favorite spots in the city right away. Now it’s when you should think, ok she is always quite the enthusiast, so of course please take my excited cries with the calmness it requires which I won’t be able to keep during my rant.
Mossèn Costa i Llobera is a botanical garden devoted to cactus and succulents, with plants coming from all around the world from South Africa to Mexico. It was interesting to learn that this garden has a special location in Barcelona that makes it to be between 2 and 3 Celcious degree above the rest of the city, making it the perfect home for them. No wonder some of the adult ones are up to 10 feet high.
I love cactus and succulents for their aesthetics, I’m far from knowing any names or specificities of each of them, but the garden is making me itch to come back with some sort of encyclopedia so I can learn more about each species and start learning names and how identify them. Do you have any book or web source recommendation for me?
In addition the visit to this cacti wonderland also triggered my nostalgia from the Arizona and Utah landscapes making more real in my head the dozens of plans of what I would love to experience when I am able to come back. In fact when I bought the t-shirt I’m wearing in these pictures Dani was hesitant about me getting it and while I always have to take time to decide buying a piece (even more if Dani does not love it) I was completely resoluted this time telling him: “This is my next US road trip t-shirt” Maybe I was too naive, but I hope I can take it to the desert at least before I wore it out, ha!
My succulent & cactus mania does not stop here because I am also planning on buying some for our home; we do have super short-term plans for changing two bookshelves (I even already have the wallpaper I want for them!) in our living room and I would like to add little plants all around. I do have the worst green thumb ever (for real, try to beat me!) but I hope I can manage not killing what is supposedly the most resistant plant around.
Which plants are your favorite? Do you have a green thumb? Do you know that cactus and succulents in a cute white & red stripey container were our wedding favors? Love to read your cactus relationship!