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I am excited to show you two pictures of one of my favorite perennials.

Firecracker Penstemon (Penstemon eatonii)
 
Isn’t this a cool picture of a bee, ready to pollinate the flowers of this penstemon?
 
I must confess that I did not take this photo (or the other one below).  My husband took both of these beautiful pictures.
 
This firecracker penstemon is happily growing in my garden and is now over 14 years old, which is rare.  
 
Every winter, it sends up spikes covered in red, tubular flowers, much to the delight of the resident hummingbirds.
 
The blooms last through spring in my desert garden.  In cooler climates, it will bloom in spring through early summer.
 
To learn more about this red beauty and how easy it is to grow in your garden, click here.


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I hope you have enjoyed my favorite flower photos.  Starting tomorrow, I will begin posting a series of my favorite DIY blog posts, so please come back for a visit!