Monday, April 27, 2009

An Arizona Spring

The lovely cactus blossoms don't last long. All of them were taken within a few hundred feet of my house. Who says we don't have four seasons here.

If you look closely or click to enlarge you will see a bee hovering over this Prickly Pear Cactus blossom.

Oleander Bush ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~Bougainvilla

Ocotillo Cactus ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Red Flags against a blue sky

Cose up of an Ocotillo bloom ~~~~~~~~~~~~Ornamental Grass in bloom
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la peregrina said...

Prickly Pear Cactus blossoms are one of my most favorite flowers. Great photo, Darlene.

ugich konitari said...


Love the color.

Other than the Bougainvilla, I had not seen these before. One associates the desert with something drab. I just realized that it doesnt have to be so. And it must be really pretty around your house with these spring blooms....

Nancy said...

Hello Darlene,

I just love the beautiful pictures of the flowers that grow in Arizona.

I live in Florida in Winter and we have some of the plants you have such as bougainvilla but I see very little, if any, cactus plants there.

Enjoy! Thanks for sharing them with us via your lovely photos....

Joy Des Jardins said...

These colors are just so beautiful Darlene. I love the Oleander Bush and Ocotillo Cactus...I really haven't heard of these before; but those brilliant colors against the sky...just gorgeous. Thanks.

Darlene said...

*la peregrina - Thank you for your kind words.

*Ugich Konitari - When the Palo Verde trees are in bloom in the Spring the desert is beautiful to behold. The rest of the year it is drab.

*Nancy - You are so welcome.
Florida is too humid for Cacti - the thrive in a dry climate.

*Joy - I am happy to share the things I love about Arizona.

Rain said...

I love the flowers in Tucson and your photos are lovely. I particularly love the bougainville and oleander. Our oleander is the most dependable shrub and flower we have at our place down there. It survives when nothing else does. The bougainvillea constantly freezes off and has to come up from below but it never dies-- so far.