Tuesday, September 7, 2010

September in Arizona

This is why Jan Brewer will not drive me out of Arizona. These are the scenes that greeted me this week. This is a Mexican Bird Of Paradise. It blooms all summer long.



I was told that this is Forsythia. If you know otherwise, please let me know.



These are blossoms on a Barrel Cactus. See the bee enjoying the nectar?



In a May blog I posted photos of the yellow blooms on a Prickley Pear cactus. This is the fruit that some use for making candy, jam and wine. My late husband made wine once and it was undrinkable.



The color on this tree is not good, but it is covered in pink blossoms. I do not know what it is.



This is a Texas Ranger in my backyard.



A typical sunset.



Another sunset. Not as colorful, but pastel sunsets are nice, too.




A large Barrel Cactus blossom.



Four blossoms have opened. More to come.

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20 comments:

Vagabonde said...

You do get some beautiful flowers your way. The sky also has lovely colours. I don’t think that would be enough to make me move to Arizona though. My younger daughter and her family just moved outside of Nashville, TN and we went there last week. I told her that to get me to move out of Georgia it would have to be a more liberal state – and Arizona and Tennessee won’t make that list!

Darlene said...

*Vagabonde - I just avoid the wackos and hang out with the liberals. This may be a red state, but Tucson is a liberal city.

Joy Des Jardins said...

You truly do have so much beauty around you Darlene. Those gorgeous bright colored flowers...and that's some awesome sky. I'd be sitting out looking at a sky like that if the weather permitted....I bet you do too. ~Joy

Rummuser said...

Simple. I envy you your flora.

tnlib said...

Those are beautiful. That one is definitely not a Forsythia, which is yellow. I do know what this is but can't think of it at the moment.

tnlib said...

I can't find a name. I'd take the pic to a nursery and ask someone there. When You find out, let us know.

Darlene said...

*Joy Des Jardins - We do seem to have a lot of red blossoms. I guess it's the fiery heat that makes that color.
The sky is always beautiful here, but it's too hot to sit out and enjoy it.

*Rummuser - Sadly, most of it only lasts a few days.

*tnlib - Good suggestion. I was thinking of taking a branch, but your idea is much better.

joared said...

Yeah, I love the cacti, succulents, desert flowers, sunsets, vistas. People who don't think of the desert's beauty simply are sadly mistaken.

One Woman's Journey said...

Darlene, your flowers are beautiful and so unfamiliar to this Southern lady.
My Forsythia is a yellow bush.
Have a wonderful day and thank you for a tour of your garden :)

Darlene said...

*Joared - Once you see it you either love or hate the desert.

*One Woman's Journey - Thank you for your good day wishes. Yes, someone else told me that I had been misinformed about the flowers and that forsythia is, indeed, yellow.

naomi dagen bloom said...

Beautiful photos of the natural world. Those of us who live surrounded by skies and growing things are very fortunate. All of these must provide a respite for you from the disarray politically. Glad it's there for you, Darlene.

Rain said...

I love the desert. The person who looks after our pool there took some photos of the flowers around it. I'd love to be there to see them but like yours, they are lush. I miss the desert when I am not there and probably always will.

Darlene said...

*Noami Dagen Bloom - Thank you.

*Rain _ I know you share my love of the desert.

kenju said...

Darlene, the flowers in your photo are from a crepe myrtle tree, not forsythia.

tnlib said...

kenju: You're right. Couldn't pull the name up from my feeble brain. I planted some when I lived in AZ - the blooms are not quite as profuse as the ones here in the South but they are still lovely.

Forsythia are not only yellow but the branches fan out in these beautiful arches. I'm sure you can find pics on google images.

Darlene said...

*Kenju - Thank you for identifying them. They were here when I moved in and I have loved them, but never knew what they were.

*tnlib - Thank you, also. At last I can call my shrubs by the right name.

Freda said...

It all looks so beautiful and exotic to my Scottish Highland eye!

Darlene said...

*Freda - Thank you for your visit. I just finished watching Braveheart and seeing the bonny braes of Scotland. It's a beautiful country. I only got as far as Edinburgh when I was there, but it's a beautiful country.

Barry said...

Missing the Tucson area. Mrs just started nursing school so I doubt we'll be out any time soon. Thanks for sharing the images.

Darlene said...

*Barry- Sorry that you won't be coming back soon, but the desert will still be here after your wife graduates. Good for her, nurses are sorely needed.