Sunday, March 9, 2008

Desert Wildflowers

California Poppy, White Alyssum


Thanks to the January and February rains this year, our desert mountains and arroyos are awash with many wildflowers, and two of the most prevalent are the yellow-orange California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica) and the Desert Lupine (Lupinus sparsiflorus).

Back in my garden, the California Poppies have just started blooming, and although I don’t have any Desert Lupine, I do have Desert Bluebells (Phacelia campanulari). The bluebells have been blooming for a while, and I’m hoping the poppies come out in full force very soon. The bluebells don’t do as well in heat as the poppies, which is a shame because together, they are spectacular.



Desert Bluebells

19 comments:

Mark said...

Hi Aiyana,
I think it will be a few more months yet till we see Calafornia Poppy,it is one of my favourite summer flowering plants.It's bright colours really stand out.
I think your lizard could be related to mine. Make sure though it's tail regrows straight and not wonky.
On the subject of cats...no no I better not as it would just get me annoyed.

Cheers Mark

genny said...

Wow i like the blue flowers. Oh my hubby loves that. He likes blue too. Mostly our flowers are red and yellow.Mine is up too.

cd&m said...

Your dessert flowers are stunning, going to check out the link for Green Thumb Sunday, oddly we often do a garden related post on a Sunday so this is a great idea for us.

Julie said...

Oh those bluebells are so vibrant! Thanks for posting the lovely wildflowers, since it is looking like my chance of coming out there is growing dim. If I don't make it in time this year...I will plan for next spring break for sure!

WiseAcre said...

You say rain - I say snow. Then I scream ARRGH! Winter has just smacked us again and I'm going a bit Looney. I'm going to tunnel my way out and when I hit Albuquerque, take a right and head your way.

It must be a wonderful time with the spring flush of desert bolloms.

byrningbunny said...

I miss the California poppys so much. I don't think I could get them to grow up here though. These are beautiful photos.

Ann M. said...

I love the rich colors your flowers always have. The bluebells are beautiful!

jodi said...

I love the California bluebells, though they even sulk in our 'heat' (nothing like yours!) but they're so richly blue, they just make my heart instantly happy to see them. And they would look great with California poppies, or anything else orange, wouldn't they?

barbara said...

Those poppies are delicious - a bit of sunshine.

kml said...

The poppies are gorgeous. We grow the alyssum up here too!

Ginni Dee said...

All of them are just gorgeous, but the bluebells are so vibrantly colored, it's almost hard to look at them!! Where are my sunglasses? LOL

Wonderful!!

Teresa said...

Oh my! What a rich electric blue those Desert Bluebells are! We don't see those in Seattle.

gizelle said...

Those blue poppies are really lovely! I've seen many kinds of flowers but irises and poppies are two that I havent...lol. I think I need to go out more in to the fields come summer =) Good day!

gizelle said...

Oh I meant the Desert Bluebells...I'd like to see the red poppies here...hope they do grow here lol. =D

nikkipolani said...

Wow, the colors are spectacular, Aiyana! I've grown California poppies before, but they are just a little too vigorous here and reseed madly. Your desert bluebells are striking.

Barbara said...

What a wonderful blue colour of the Desert Bluebells (which I never saw before). Is there also a Latin name for it? Escholzia is doing quite well here too (but in the beginning of summer!)

gardenpath said...

I love these colors together! We can grow California poppies here, but I haven't heard of dessert lupine.
Something to think about-- my husband and I are planning a move to the southwest in two years.

Garrett Sawyer said...

I wonder why your poppies have lots of blooms already? I live in so. California and the buds have just now started opening up within the last couple of days. My poppy plants are huge though, with dozens and dozens of buds waitng to bloom though. The are almost 3 feet tall. Perhaps yours are blooming a little early because it's been warmer there...

No Rain said...

Thanks for all the comments! The California Poppies have now started to bloom among the Desert Bluebells. The color combo is gorgeous! These flowers are all over my front yard --I'm the only one in the neighborhood with wildflowers, so I sure hope the neighbors understand!

Barbara, the botanical name for the Bluebells is Phacelia campanularia. I had an earlier post about them when they first bloomed and named them there.