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Blue Palo Verde

Blue Palo Verde

This is one of my most favorite times of year.

Throughout the desert Southwest, our iconic Palo Verde trees are beginning to bloom.

Gorgeous display of yellow

Gorgeous display of yellow

Drive down any street and you will undoubtedly see a gorgeous display of yellow.

Gorgeous display of yellow

There are 4 different types of Palo Verde trees that are commonly planted, which include the Blue Palo Verde (Parkinsonia floridium),  Palo Brea (Parkinsonia praecox), Foothills Palo Verde (Parkinsonia microphylla) and my personal favorite ‘Desert Museum’ Palo Verde (Parkinsonia hybrid ‘Desert Museum’).

Interestingly, not all Palo Verde species bloom at the same time.  Right now, Blue Palo Verde trees are in full bloom, yet ‘Desert Museum’ Palo Verdes will begin to bloom in earnest in a few weeks.

I can hardly wait for mine to start, it looked so beautiful last year…..

Gorgeous display of yellow

Yesterday, my husband and I went to visit the Riparian Preserve in nearby Gilbert.  I have visited a few times before and I am always struck by the beauty.  We saw so many different types of birds and I took lots of photos, which I will be posting soon on my Birds & Blooms blog.

I hope you are all having a good week so far.

I love spring…..just not the allergies that come with it ๐Ÿ˜‰

Flowers Raining Downโ€ฆ.

As I have mentioned before, I am not a desert native….I grew up near the ocean.  To me, the desert was a brown place where prickly cactus and coyotes lived.

Well, I have now lived in the desert for almost 24 years and I have found out that the desert is brown, there are cactus and I have seen my share of coyotes.  But, I have also discovered that the desert is so much more then what my previous stereotype was.


Last week, I was visiting a client in the outskirts of the Phoenix metro area.  Her home was located in the foothills of the desert.  The plants and scenery around there were just breathtaking. 

Thankfully, I had my camera with me that day and I would like to share with you some of what I saw….

plants and scenery

Plants and scenery

The homes are set against the backdrop of beautiful mountains.

plants and scenery

Blue Palo Verde (Parkinsonia floridium) were in full bloom against the blue sky.

plants and scenery

Buckhorn Cholla were covered with unopened buds just beginning to open….

plants and scenery

It sometimes hard to believe that something so prickly can produce such beautiful flowers.

Gambel's Quail

I met a little friend, a Gambel’s Quail, perched atop of a mailbox.

plants and scenery

One of my favorite shrubs, Chaparral Sage (Salvia clevelandii), was beginning to flower.  The foliage is very fragrant and I have a small one in my own garden that I just planted recently.

plants and scenery

The familiar desert shrub, Creosote (Larrea tridentata), was flowering along with their fuzzy covered seedpods.

plants and scenery

Desert Marigold (Baileya multiradiata) brightens the desert with their yellow blooms.  They self seed very easily and you can help the process by collecting the seed heads from spent flowers, like the one(s) above.

Prickly Pear

Many different types of Prickly Pear were in full bloom.

 beauty of a plant

It never ceases to amaze me that the beauty of a plant is often in the small details.

Globe Mallow

The bright colors of Globe Mallow (Sphaeralcea ambigua) were on display.

Okay, I have save the best for last.  I was just about ready to pack my camera away and head for home when I saw a beautiful Snapdragon Penstemon (Penstemon palmeri).  Unlike the more common Parry’s & Firecracker Penstemon that are found in the landscape, Snapdragon Penstemon is not found often in our area although it does very well and is native to Arizona and other southwest states.

desert southwest

 It is a large perennial – it can grow 4 to 5 ft. tall.  Native to the desert southwest, it does best in areas with low rainfall.

Penstemons

 Unlike many Penstemons, this one is lightly fragrant.

Thank you for joining me in viewing some of the beautiful sights from my visit last week.  In closing, I would like to share with you my favorite photo, which is a close-up picture of Snapdragon Penstemon flowers.

Penstemons

Have a great day!

Beautiful Desert Sunsetโ€ฆ..Storm Clouds On The Horizon