May Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day is Here!


I just love this time of month, when it is time to show what is blooming in my garden.  Spring has definitely sprung and most of my plants are flowering, although there are a few holdouts.

First, are the blooms that will soon be ending as we move into the summer months. 

My Valentine shrub has been blooming reliable since December.  Normally the blooms end in April, but our cooler then normal spring has helped to keep them blooming longer.


 Valentine (Eremophila maculata ‘Valentine’)

My Globe Mallow had been pruned back, but now has had a second flush of bloom. 

Globe Mallow

Globe Mallow (Sphaeralcea ambigua)

My Geraniums that I transplanted to the vegetable garden are still blooming, but warmer temperatures will soon stop the flowers from coming until fall arrives.

blooming in my garden

And my last winter/spring bloomer….my Firecracker Penstemon.  I had pruned back the dead flowers in late March and have been rewarded with a second flush of bloom.

Firecracker Penstemon

 Firecracker Penstemon (Penstemon eatonii)

Now for some new spring/summer bloomers…..

One of my favorite flowering trees, Desert Willow, is covered in pink blossoms.

Desert Willow

 Desert Willow (Chilopsis linearis)

Desert Marigold, a perennial which is often grown as a annual wildflower, are beginning to make their appearance in my garden.  They self-seed and I allow them to come up in certain areas.

blooming in my garden

Desert Marigold (Baileya multiradiata)

And last, but not least….my favorite flowering tree, the ‘Desert Museum’ Palo Verde.

blooming in my garden

 ‘Desert Museum’ Palo Verde (Parkinsonia hybrid ‘Desert Museum’)

I hope you have enjoyed this blooming tour of my garden.  Please visit May Dreams Gardens to see other Garden Blogger Bloom Day participants.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Noelle Johnson, aka, 'AZ Plant Lady' is a author, horticulturist, and landscape consultant who helps people learn how to create, grow, and maintain beautiful desert gardens that thrive in a hot, dry climate. She does this through her consulting services, her online class Desert Gardening 101, and her monthly membership club, Through the Garden Gate. As she likes to tell desert-dwellers, "Gardening in the desert isn't hard, but it is different."
23 replies
  1. Amy
    Amy says:

    Lots of hot colors! The dessert willows here are blooming, too. Such a gorgeous tree when it's in action. Is globe mallow pretty common there?

  2. Meredith
    Meredith says:

    Noelle, it must be a real pleasure to walk around your garden just now. That 'Desert Museum' Palo Verde blew me away, though. I can totally understand why it is your favorite.

    And can I just say, your love for it came through the camera? That is a gorgeous shot! 🙂

  3. Carol
    Carol says:

    I can almost feel the warmth of your part of the world through your images. I love the penstemon and imagine the hummers do too! It seems we have all had cooler than usual spring weather… it is great to have our blooms last longer. Hope you have a lovely weekend with your terrific family Noelle. ;>)

  4. Floridagirl
    Floridagirl says:

    Love that Valentine shrub! And the palo verde tree is beautiful! We see the occasional Jerusalem thorn blooming here and there here in CenFla. There aren't many planted in our area, but they are real show-stoppers when you run across one.

  5. lostlandscape (James)
    lostlandscape (James) says:

    That's a terrific Bloom Day collection. This is year 1 for me and the desert marigold and my plants from seed look nothing like your robust plant. Hopefully next year's crop will be more spectacular.

  6. Rose
    Rose says:

    I love all the vibrant colors in your garden, Noelle. I sure wish I could grow the Valentine shrub here–what a trooper to bloom for so long!

  7. Kathleen
    Kathleen says:

    Happy Bloom Day Noelle! It looks gorgeous there in AZ ~ as usual. Love the Desert Willow blooms. It's always so interesting what is doing well there versus here. Everyone is putting geraniums out like crazy and yours are going to stop blooming until fall!
    That penstemon is fabulous too! I bet the hummingbirds love your garden?!

  8. ryan
    ryan says:

    Ah, Desert Willow, possibly the best desert tree after Palo Verde in my opinion. And you have both of them blooming. Very nice. If I had more heat and more space, I would plant both of them immediately

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