All around us, everything is currently in bloom. Here in the desert, this is such a brief moment in time that we had to capture it and share it with you. In reality, it is just another excuse to play with our fabulous, but slightly preowned cameras.
For all the foodies amongst you, don’t worry, you have not been forgotten, our next gluten free recipe will be posted tomorrow. Brownies anyone?
The prickly pear cacti are especially abundant this year, growing throughout our property. What a contrast, a plant with such sharp thorns producing such beautiful flowers.
The local hummingbirds are especially fond of the desert honeysuckle, which is beautiful and vibrant in color, but sadly devoid of any scent.
Yuccas are found everywhere in New Mexico (it is the State flower) and they easily self-propagate from seed. Their waxy blossoms produce a sticky nectar that attract a multitude of insects.
The beautiful columbine is a new addition in our garden, greeting visitors to our front door.
Roses, in all varieties, are our very favorite and can be found throughout our garden. To their credit, they appear to thrive, if well protected, in this impossibly harsh climate.
The Apache Plume is a native desert dweller, and believe it or not, actually belongs to the rose family. It provides a point of interest in the garden with its delicate flowers, and fuzzy pink seed heads.
Our corgi Suki supervises all gardening activities and therefore, as “head rose gardener” deserves a special place of honor.
Lamb’s Ear is an interesting plant with soft fuzzy leaves, and small pink flowers, that seems to crop up everywhere in our garden, almost on its own, providing plenty of food for the bees. It took a little effort and patience on my part to capture this image of the bee on the flower. Every time I thought I had it, the bees would move and fly away.
Herbs, especially sage in its many varieties, grow very easily here in New Mexico, soaking up the sun and the dry air.
New Mexico’s largest fire in history, the Whitewater-Baldy Complex, has brought a huge amount of air pollution to our neck of the woods. When the wind direction is just right, you are almost led to believe that the fire is burning in our backyard, instead of nearly 130 miles to the South.
It made for some spectacular sunset shots. Enjoy!
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