Is spring the sight of new, fresh flowers to you? Newly green foliage? Or something else? Or all the above?
While this isn’t a place of long winters suddenly exploding into verdance, the awakening of spring is amazing. Our milder-than-usual winter, with only off/on cold for several weeks, and last September’s deluge, all helped. So did modest drip irrigation! Being in the middle or warm end of USDA Zone 8 is a good thing, too.
Photos from 3/17-18/2014 –
Old, established and tough; also surrounded by inhospitable paving.
This plant recalls a trip to Carlsbad Caverns on a high school spring break in 1982, that scent wafting through open car windows. I was months from turning 16 and getting a drivers license.
Something so simple as a tough but beautiful plant form and bloom, is always worth being open to.
Yuccas and rock – a powerful pair of the high desert region. Old, interesting apartment architecture, and those mountains looming under a bright blue sky.
To think I was simply picking up some items from an architect client; the front of her office. You know there’s an upcoming post on her little-maintained masterpiece!
Both common and fleeting, but worthwhile and tough here on deep, infrequent irrigation. The largest reported Lady Banks’ Rose in the US is 3 hours west of me, in Tombstone AZ. I had one that took 2 years to grow out of bedrock, then covering most of my ramada in under 3 years after.
The white (R. banksiae ‘Alba Plena’) has some thorns and is fragrant; the yellow (R. banksiae ‘Lutea) has no thorns and is rarely fragrant. Hmmm!