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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 😉

Flowers Raining Down….

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!