Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Even more flowers

Another day spent mostly in the front courtyard, planting perennials and shoveling gravel. We are nearly done with this project, but I was getting sunburned. So even though I wanted to finish, it was time to get out of the sun. Photos will happen when I feel like it is completed!

It has been interesting, watching how the desert wildflowers seem to bloom in waves. First, there are a few certain varieties blooming. As they begin to fade, others emerge, taking their place. Now, even more new varieties are blooming as the first flowers are drying up and turning to seed. It is so exciting! This first one I have looked for in two different books, and I still can't identify it. I'll have to go up to Marti's house and see if maybe she has it in one of her books. Still, it is lovely. I am referring to it as the "yellow pom pom".

I also have discovered this really unusual fungus of some kind. I never thought I would see a mushroom in the desert, but doesn't it look like a mushroom??? I mean, what ELSE could it be? It's even purple! It looks like something from Star Trek, don't you think?

My favorite of the current bloomers is the Mohave Indigo Bush. It is covered with these tiny bluish-purple flowers. Beautiful. My favorite color is purple, so it should be obvious why I love these so much.

More watercolors are in the works.


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priya said...

the fungus flowers are incredible. and yes, they do match with the strange landscape.

High Desert Diva said...

I love the names you come up with for your flowers.

Those purple mushroom things are beyond cool...very Star Trek.