People who haven’t traveled to the desert Southwest probably have some mental image of our landscape being somewhere between the images they’ve seen of Death Valley or the more recent photographs that have been released of Pluto. Well, years ago, I had those images, too.
But now, after having lived here for 35 years, I’m still amazed at the sheer beauty of what the spring brings us each and every year.
Two of the more hearty plants are ruellia and lantana. Combined here, they are nearly eclipsing our barrel cactus!
A single ruellia is stunning in its simplicity.
And a different variety of the lantana peeks through from the structure of our garden to show off its combined colors.
Even the lavender are beginning to open on the patio, attracting the hummingbirds (yes, really! They love lavender!) and keeping away the pesky mosquitos.
So, at the end of the day, as we sit on our patio taking in the awesome beauty of spring on the desert, we celebrate it with two new additions:
For all you red lovers …. and for you white lovers:
And so, I leave you with the peace, beauty and brilliance of a spring evening in the desert … until we meet again.