Better Than Median

I became distracted on the way to my hike, since I waited too long to depart, and the sun was now up. Why?

Forms first, then flowering.


A windows and sunroof down morning, and the iPhone is ready.

Apparently, some desert plant freak who wants to turn Albuquerque I mean Las Cruces into Phoenix landscape architect designed medians, where the monsoon season is bringing out an unexpected surprise in the way of flowers.

I plead guilty, except the “…who – – – Phoenix…” part.

Others’ slighting of me aside, Yucca faxoniana, Leucophyllum zygophyllum ‘Cimarron’Agave neomexicana, and Aristida purpurea do the trick. But now, the 2nd plant is stealing the show.


A recheck of my plans is in order, as I’m almost certain my design had a mass of purple in the background median, not a few. Like how my low entry wall was deleted…

I never did get in more than a mile of walking, before the best, more rugged and workout parts. I had to go home and get ready for work. Next time!

8/5/17 weather: 92 / 65 / 0.00

Unpruned Abundance

While our sun is as fiercely hot as ever, temperatures are cooling and the humidity is up. So are the flowers.

You’ll notice none of these plants have been sheared into submission, even one with too little space!


Calliandra x Sierra Starr above (?), Leucophyllum below.


And the most common here, plain-old Leucophyllum frutescens. They even smell good.


Their fleeting presence in extreme temperatures and dryness can keep flowers from being the backbone of a desert southwest landscape. But as flowers respond to our seasonal weather cycles, flowers are one of the best impacts, though brief.

8/3/17 weather: 91 / 67 / 0.00

Morning Glow

Anyone who knows my work or where I’ve worked knows I enjoy the uncommon embrace of light, where sun can be too common.

What the desert doesn’t sustain in flowers for long, it compensates with in light.


The first light on the top of the next ridge is only matched by the tops of the ocotillos and barely on the barrel cactus. The scent, the breeze.


In bright light these Echinocactus horizonthalonius would have open flowers, but the bright light would fade them. Here at sunrise, this trio is are subtle, but with magenta promise.


7/31/17 weather: 93 / 67 / 0.50″