Yves Saint Laurent’s house

The Yves Saint Laurent movie reminded me that I’ve been to his Marrakech house, the Jardin Majorelle. It was designed by the artist Jacques Majorelle, but the grounds fell to ruin after his death, until YSL and his partner Pierre Berge rescued and restored it. The house was their retreat and sanctuary, which was played out vividly in the movie.  When he died, his ashes were scattered here.

It was raining on the day we visited and I took fewer photos than usual, juggling both umbrella and camera. Nevertheless, the rain emphasised how lush the gardens were and I loved the coloured pots and walls, and the calming water features.  I liked how the vivid blue – which came to be known as Majorelle blue – sits next to the terracotta and the greenery. My favourite bit though, as always, was the large cactus garden. In the film, the gardeners walk back and forth among the succulents, going about their jobs. It is remarkably tranquil.

~ Spotted Cow

Jardin Majorelle pondflowers Jardin Majorelle bright yellow pot Jardin Majorelle cactus close up cactus Jardin Majorelle Jardin Majorelle visitIn memory of YSL

All kinds of strange plants

After our aborted attempt, we visited the Koko Crater Botanical Garden on another Honolulu day out. It was delightful and leisurely and it wasn’t as crowded as the trail to the top of the crater. In fact, it wasn’t crowded at all. The botanic garden is stretched out across the crater floor and with the crater heights forming the walls, we felt like we had a Green Kingdom to ourselves.

In the loop walk, we saw all kinds of strange plants – one that looked like a star fish, another that looked like a green spaceship with orange protrusions, bulbous boabs, hairy monster trees, giant odd pods. My favourite was the cactus garden. It had a medusa cactus, big as a van and super spiky, that looked like it was out to get you.  And stalactite cacti, extra thorny, which hung down from tree branches.

I’m making up all the names because there were few signs. Enjoy the pictures. They are a mere subset of what we saw.

~ Spotted Cow

Hairy monster tree plant with tongue spaceship flower star plant cactus Koko Crater Botanical Garden