Often the changing of the seasons here is abrupt with no chance to adjust from one to another. This year has been very different with more rain and milder temperatures. In fact, I have been hesitant to bring some more tropical plants outside yet.
Some colors never seem to photograph to the true color. This Brilliant Veranda rose is actually a very strong red that stands out in the landscape. It was labeled as a good size for a container plant. Recently I tried to scoot it over, and the roots are firmly in the ground.
Another rose that never photographs well is this Drift Rose. The flowers last a long time and are striking as a grouping. My husband who hardly every mentions specific plants often comments on how pretty they are.
The seed pods on this Desert False Indigo (Amorpha fruticosa) only last a short time in spring.
It’s an interesting plant in many ways. One of those is that the trunks shoot out like a water sprinkler, so it’s long small trunks sway gracefully in the wind.
Larkspur is popping up all over the yard. One of my favorite surprises during the springtime.
Not only have we had lots of rain, but the wind has been really strong, scattering rose petals. Looks like an aisle at a wedding in some places.
Good old Henry Duelberg Salvia or Mealy Cup Sage makes pollinators and me happy.
Augusta Duelberg Salvia makes a nice contrast.
This evergreen Yarrow has lovely lacy foliage.
White Gaura (Gaura lindheimeri) on tall stems is just starting to bloom while Spiderwort (shorter purple blooms in front) is on its way out.
French Hollyhocks (Malva sylvestris) like the mild weather and rains. Sylvestris means found wild.
Desert Bird of Paradise (Caesalpinia gilliesii) is showing off with exotic blooms.
Stella de Oro Daylily is a dependable short-stemed perennial bulb. I recently heard a speaker say that they are boring because they are ubiquitous. I think these are beautiful.
Never expected this Yellow Lead Ball (Leucaena retusa) tree to get so big. They are considered a small tree with total height about 12 feet. They’re drought tolerant and very hardy in our rocky hard clay.
I like the fuzzy yellow balls and so do the bees and other pollinators.
It’s fun when nature surprises us with more pleasant weather than we expected.
“Expect to have hope rekindled. Hope to have your prayers answered in wondrous ways. The dry seasons in life do not last. The spring rains will come again.” Sarah Ban Breathnach