Springtime in El Paso

Spring is showing itself in many of our plants. El Paso’s last frost (<32F) was a week or two ago, and our last hard freeze (<28F) may have been a month ago. We’ve had some chilly weather and lows in the upper 30’s, but quite a few 70’s, too…and no spring winds or dust storms…yet! All great for gardens.

Odd, but I’ll take it any day over the stormy NW, frigid NE, and US Midsection rollercoaster. Enjoy!

Eremophila x ‘Valentine’…

installed after the 2/11 uber-freeze – unsure if it will make it in colder or even average winters, but…
these are looking good right now!

New plants are more appealing without plant primadonnas issuing edicts against them; unfounded biases scare people away. It’s best to be open in thoroughly trialing plants with potential – non-native xeric plants like this one, but especially native plants not widely-accepted. We’ll wait and see on that Eremophila…onward!

Bauhinia lunarioides
new additions at UTEP, Yucca faxoniana and a very tall Fouquieria splendens
Calliandra eriophylla…
hence the common name, Fairy Duster
Euphorbia antisyphilitica starting to bloom – I thought this only happened in the monsoon season?
Prunus mexicana and College studentus ‘Verizonensis’…
almost done and leafing out
Vauquelinia corymbosa var. angustifolia always green, but that new spring freshness to the green
Sophora secundiflora, the grape bubble gum scent starting to move about
Choisya dumosa and Cercis mexicana looking fine…
so waxy and lush, gotta like irrigation
some of those redbud leaves appearing among the blooms
got me!
Fouquieria splendens primed for a burst of orange-red…our crystal clear sky
as I said on irrigation, Eschscholzia mexicana not showing up on our mountainsides, but it’s in force here

8 Replies to “Springtime in El Paso”

  1. It’s nice to see spring blooms, but I’m surprised things are going so early there. Seems like El Paso and Austin may be on the same schedule, this year at least.

    Hola, El Paso blooms seem early this year…in another week, wow! Is Austin late, too?


  2. Surprised to see Mexican Plum in El Paso! I have to water mine during the worst of dry summer here in the Hill Country. Must need irrigation in EP. Same with Mexican redbud. And I didn’t know Texas Mountain Laurel would grow in EP. Grows best here on the edge of oak forests, although I have some growing in full sun.

    Thank you for the photo of the Mexican gold poppy! I’m going to look for seeds.

    Great post, you make me more interested in El Paso.

    The plums are low where water drains and in part shade, with drip (maintenance removed oasis grasses under); redbuds on light drip, but we cool down 3-4F in July-Aug and get rain (grows wild on cliffs just E of Fort Stockton). Mt laurels common Carlsbad area, some near here…thrive in Phoenix. Pretty unique here, and the food…


  3. Always good and interesting post you have. What are the column cactus below the faxon yucca? I wonder how hardy they might be?

    Thanks! It’s an Astrophytum of some sort, but no one has tried them here through colder winters,. It’s native to deep into Chihuahua, where they probably don’t get as cold (or hot) as us.

    Y. faxoniana does nicely in Santa Fe – it grows to a good form and size, but Denver is a bit much for it – just sits there. Santa Fe overall temps tell me in Salt Lake, Reno, Boise, it should do equally well?


  4. Looking good! Y’all did much better than DFW. We got beat up here.

    Mostly a mild winter here. Tell me more on what happened in DFW!


  5. Gotta love that blue sky and all those happy plants! We’re enjoying a little of both right now too, a much needed respite from the rain.

    I think we need to do a trade – rain for us, sun / warm / dry and a few plants for you!


  6. Wow, everything looks so beautiful!!!!!!! Makes me want to visit El Paso’m
    Thanks for all the splashes of color.

    It is in areas, everything coming alive…next week may be even nicer?


  7. Lovely! Fascinating to see what Spring looks like in other spots. We certainly have a lot of studentus Verizonensis here in Austin but just for this past week they have all been transplanted, leaving the buds and blooms to the rest of us. Our live oaks are losing their leaves and the pollen is soon to follow. Atchoo!

    I should get pics around UTEP this week, since it’s so mellow…I think all the S. verizonensis here are at SXSW in Austin! Maybe when it warms back tomorrow? Oak and pine pollen – bad!


  8. David, Thanks for the much needed dose of flower porn. I can almost feel the sun shining on my face as I read your post! We’ve still got several inches of snow on the ground here in CT and I’m finding myself getting excited to see the slowly widening roadside strip of dirty grass covered in road salt and sand. Flowers seems like a far off dream as this point!

    Thanks for visiting. I’m glad I took those pics, since it’s cold N winds and hazy sun today here – cheers me up, too! Soon, the warmth will chip away at this uber winter for you all…


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