New Mexico in Bloom

New Mexico in Bloom - Prickly Pear in Bloom

All around us, everything is currently in bloom. Here in the high desert of New Mexico, 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.

New Mexico in Bloom - Prickly Pear

The local hummingbirds are especially fond of the desert honeysuckle, which is beautiful and vibrant in color, but sadly devoid of any scent.

New Mexico in Bloom - Desert Honeysuckle

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.

New Mexico in Bloom - Yucca Blossoms

New Mexico in Bloom - Yucca Blossoms with Ladybugs

New Mexico in Bloom - Yucca Blossoms with Ladybugs

The beautiful columbine is a new addition in our garden, greeting visitors to our front door.

New Mexico in Bloom - Columbine Flowers

New Mexico in Bloom - Columbine Flowers

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.

New Mexico in Bloom - Red Climbing Roses

New Mexico in Bloom - Red Rose

New  Mexico in Bloom - Queen Elizabeth Rose

New Mexico in Bloom  - Double Delight Rose

New Mexico in Bloom - English Rose

New Mexico in Bloom - English Rose

New Mexico in Bloom - English Rose

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.

New Mexico in Bloom - Apache Plume

Our corgi Suki supervises all gardening activities and therefore, as “head rose gardener” deserves a special place of honor.

New Mexico in Bloom - Suki, our Head Gardener

New Mexico in Bloom - Suki, our Head Gardener

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.

New Mexico in Bloom - Lamb's Ear Flowers with Honeybees

Herbs, especially sage in its many varieties, grow very easily here in New Mexico, soaking up the sun and the dry air.

New Mexico in Bloom - Purple Sage

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!

New Mexico in Bloom -  Sunset - Smoke from 2012 Wildfires

New Mexico in Bloom - Sunset - Smoke from 2012 Wildfires

Update, June 12, 2012: This post was Freshly Pressed! Many thanks to the beautiful people at WordPress for giving us your recognition and support. You rock!


86 thoughts on “New Mexico in Bloom

    1. The fire is about 130 miles away from us, though we have been terribly impacted by the smoke off and on, triggering some people to ask whether this is in fact New Mexico, or LA on a really smoggy day. We cherish our flowers, which make the desert environment more bearable. Best wishes.

    1. As long as we shelter our roses from the cold Winter, and drying Spring winds, they do beautifully. They do require intense daily watering, though. What we only do for the love of a rose. Albuquerque, however, even has a rose society, and an extensive rose garden near one of the public libraries, maintained by the community. Thanks for visiting.

      1. The challenge with photographing pets or insects rests in the fact that they tend to move very quickly. Only patience and a fast camera will bring success. Glad you enjoy them.

  1. Thanks for sharing your garden in the desert. Your photos are lovely and I’d love to meet your corgi –head rose gardener. Now, if we could only get our dogs to do any REAL work …

    1. Dianna, Glad you liked our post. Our corgi loves all the attention, but prefers her supervisory role to “real” work. Thanks for stopping by.

      Beth, Thankfully, the fire is still a long way away from us but, as of this morning, several more have started up around the state. Could make for an interesting summer. Thanks for visiting.

      Cravesadventure, So excited to learn we are being featured on FP. Thanks for visiting.

    1. Nancy, our head gardener is flattered and trying not to let her new found stardom go to her head. Happy you enjoyed our photos. We love photography, though we are both still learning to perfect the craft. Love your site and your message. Being is what matters. Thanks.

  2. Beautiful pictures! My grandparents live in Wickenburg, AZ and every year we take bets on when the hedgehog cacti will bloom, this really plops me back into my childhood.

    1. Gabriel, Glad you could revisit the desert through our images. Thanks.

      Cassie, Every place has its own beauty. The spectacle of color here is only very short-lived, depending on whether or not the monsoon season will actually materialize. So far, it doesn’t look promising. Thanks for stopping by.

      Fela2Fela, Hope your childhood memories are happy ones. Thanks for visiting.

  3. Thank you for sharing the beautiful photos. One of my favorite trips was going to Death Valley at around Easter. The desert flowers were in bloom and we saw Scotty’s Castle, wild burros, a road runner carrying a rattlesnake in its mouth, and much more. An hour’s drive out of the heat of the valley and up a mountain and we were snowed on! It was an amazing and unforgettable trip.


    1. Russ, Death Valley sounds like an interesting place to explore. Road runners and rattlesnakes can also be found here. We love the roadrunners, but tend to be very careful around the snakes. Last year, we surprised one underneath our garbage can, and it continued to sit there, rattling for hours on end, every time someone so much as opened the front door. We try to peacefully coexist with them, though.

  4. Beautiful photos, adorable dog and lovin’ those ladybugs. I used to collect ladybugs when I was on second grade and they are rarely seen in our place. I’d love to visit your garden and get my hands on those cute creatures, Hehe 😀

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    1. Nicole, The desert is beautiful, but you also live in a beautiful part of the world – one of our favorites. The ocean will always hold a special place for both of us. Thanks for stopping by.

      Mowanling, Glad you liked it.

      Alyssa, The ladybugs are very prolific this year, attracted to all the yucca flowers.

    1. Loved taking that photo, but it took patience. Turns out, bees just don’t want to sit still!? Loved your beautiful header image, which reminded me of the street cars in Stuttgart, Germany. Unfortunately, today most of them have been replaced by the faster, but less scenic, underground trains.

    1. Katie, Thanks. Lavender is a favorite of ours as well, although the photo is actually of a blue sage.

      Electric Echo, Loved hearing from a former New Mexican. You have a beautiful blog.

      Judy, Thanks for visiting. Glad the pictures provided you with inspiration.

  5. I loved these pictures and since I am trying to paint flowers it gives me inspiration and ideas too. thank you for sharing your beautiful world

  6. Flowers, ladybugs and a cute dog, what’s not to love about your gluten-free living post. I’m sure when you add your brownie recipe, that will just be icing on the cake. Thanks for the delightful photos.

    I’m also gluten-free, but in the rainy Pacific NW.

    1. Thanks for visiting. We used to live in the Pacific NW and definitely miss it, especially the rain. Love your website, with its beautiful images, and will visit it again.

  7. Lovely, lovely photos; thanks for the peek. I was trying recently to catch a bee on the lamb’s ears but figured all I was going to get was stung. They are one of the few plants the deer won’t eat. That purple columbine has my name on it. I have been to New Mexico a couple times and enjoyed it immensely. The West is beautiful in so many ways. Congrats on fresh press.

    1. We are so happy to see the return of the bees this summer. Last year we had hardly any, after such a cripplingly cold winter. Never want to go through that again. Lamb’s Ears are one of the easiest plants to grow in our climate. Since they continue to grow throughout the season, the bees never go hungry. True honey bees will rarely sting you unless provoked. They kind of ignore you after a while completely, so I wouldn’t worry too much about photographing one. A fast camera is key to success. Thanks for the support.

      1. Thanks. Due to some unforeseen events in our lives, the brownie recipe is a little delayed. We apologize. Should be up in a day or two 🙂

  8. I’m from Michigan originally, and living in Phoenix. Desert plants are so lovely! I felt very fond of my own desert home looking at your photos. I have a gluten intolerant friend, so I’ll be coming back here for recipes!

    1. Thanks for visiting. The Phoenix desert differs somewhat from our High Desert. Arizona has mild winters, here we have snow and ice and cold harsh windy conditions. But the Spring flowers are beautiful in both places.

  9. Such incredible photos! So much of beauty all around you! And I fell in love with Suki! 🙂 Congratulations on being Freshly Pressed!

    1. Thanks so much. Glad you liked it. Suki is one fabulous dog. We are lucky to have her. She is trying not to let all this new found attention get to her head 😉

  10. I always seem to be in the desert when plants no longer are in bloom. Would love to view this magnificent display. About what time of year is this best seen in?

    1. If you visit the High Desert of New Mexico, the best time of year for seeing flowers in bloom would be mid-May through early June, but it all depends on the year, the previous winter and how much moisture we have during Spring. Another good time would be just following the monsoon, late August through September. Good luck on your journeys. Thanks for visiting.

      1. I just looked up Chaco Canyon and realized we have driven very close for the past two summers. Since we frequent the area I will definitely put on a must see list. Thanks for sharing

  11. What a beautiful place to live. As an English woman living in the Far East for a while I really loved the roses (made me a bit homesick actually!) lovely post thanks for sharing it.

    1. You are welcome.While we are able to grow and enjoy roses, our garden does not depict the typical English garden, where the beauty of roses is enhanced by green hedgerows and soft grass. Here we have to content with quite a bit of brown parched soil along with harsh drying winds. When a rose does bloom, it is even more appreciated for all that it has to offer amidst the barren desert.

      What an interesting journey for you, moving from England to the Far East. What incredible opportunities for photography and getting to know new cultures. It was great hearing from you. Thanks for visiting. Please stop by again.

  12. How well I remember the prickly pear from my years of living in the Yakima Valley of Washington. (And how well, too, the astonishment of people being told that most of Washington state and Oregon are four-season desert.) The translucent, waxy yellow blooms so close to the ground always seemed to elude an accurate photo. So just how would you describe it, other than radiant?

    1. Thanks for visiting. What sets the high desert of the Southwest apart from Washington (where we used to live) and Oregon, is the very high elevation and its constant lack of rain. And yes, the prickly pear blossoms only appear for one day, so other than radiant, the best description would be a fleeting moment of joy. Feel free to visit again.

    1. Living in the high desert, outer polar opposites, such as the extreme dryness versus the flooding monsoons, extreme temperatures during the heat of the day, followed by cool nights, among other things, offer a constant mirror all around, beckoning one to seek balance and stillness within.

      Thanks for visiting.

  13. Thanks for sharing your views, pictures & lovely sunset in your part of the world! Everything looks so lovely & is blooming! 🙂 I enjoyed it very much!

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