Lately I have been following Terri Windling's beautiful posts of the spring awakening in the English countryside. Every where amid the lush green grass there are lovely flowers opening in cool colors of pale white, deep blue and delicate yellow. A place to sit and soak up sun and moisture. But here in the desert the spring explodes in vibrant neon colors, huge blooms among the spines, burning orange and vermilion. These are a few of the trichocereus cactus in my garden -- the fat almost fur-covered blossoms that open up into these fabulous blossoms worthy of any Vegas show girl costume.
And here is the blazing glory of the Mexican Hat Bush -- which will bloom all summer and in promiscuous fashion throw it seeds out all over the gravel and dirt yard.
And among my favorites, these orange daisies that will also bloom most of the year if I cut them back and let them rest during the intense heat of the summer.