This is the first Parry's Penstemon of the season. I don't have the large stands of Penstemon that I had last year, as winter rains were lighter this year. About a dozen more Penstemon plants will be blooming soon, but this one always blooms first because of its sunny location.
A Desert Bluebell (Phacelia campanularia) seed blew into one of the large wok planters that sit on pillars on each side of the gate leading into my front yard courtyard. It received more water than the other Desert Bluebells because of its location, so it is further along than any of the hundreds of others coming up right now in my front yard. We had rain today, so that's going to help all the growing wildflowers on my property, not to mention the weeds.
Desert Bluebells are unbelievable seed producers, and if not controlled, they will take over my whole property in spring. When coming up, they blend in so well with the granite ground cover, you don't know they are there until they grow to about two inches high and the leaves take on a purple hue.
The flowers on this Aloe zebrina finally opened after a month of just sitting there unopened. The flower stalk grows quickly, but then the flower buds just sit. When they finally begin opening, they will sit again for a month or so before gradually drying up.