Spring in the Desert

Desert Willow

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I love flowers! And I’ve been enjoying all the Spring garden posts – mainly from areas of the country that get rain. We get 4.5 inches per year here. Nonetheless Spring has come to Southern Nevada as well. While the native plants do bloom – I saw a blooming prickly pear as we sped by on the motorcycle the other day – but most Spring bloomers here are watered by residents. It is the ability of the plant to withstand our blazing sun and 115F degree summers that determine which plants survive and thrive here.

Except for the Palo Verde tree, all of the pictures were taken in my mom’s garden.

Desert trees

Desert trees: Desert Willow (upper left)  Meyer’s Lemon (lower left), Palo Verde (right)


Desert Willow

Desert Willow is so pretty, I had to take its photo twice!

Desert flowers

Desert ground covers / huggers: Dwarf Bottlebrush (top), mystery plant (bottom left), Dwarf Rose (bottom right)

Dwarf Rose

Close up of dwarf rose.

Bougainvillea & Red Yucca

Bougainvillea and Red Yucca


Thank you for joining me on this tour through our Spring garden in the desert. I’ll be partying at these linkups all  week.

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  1. very pretty plants and so different then what we get here of course – as I imagine if you try to plant much you need to water and then are restricted in watering

    1. The biggest problem in the desert is grass. It is a real water hog. I read that at a house with grass, watering the grass is responsible for 70% of the water bill. The Southern Nevada Water Authority paid people to remove it. New homes are landscaped with a watering system in which a dripper goes to each individual plant. Along with plotting in plants that don’t require as much water. Far more efficient.

    1. It does take some getting used to, but my allergies have been so much better here – until recently.

  2. Very pretty plants that thrive in your desert climate. Where I live (on Vancouver Island, off the west coast), most of us let our grass brown in the summer because we know it will survive and green up when the fall rains come.

  3. Michelle – we lived in Arizona for several years and I loved the desert vegetation. We had a postage-stamp sized lawn, and my hubby loved it because it took him about 5 minutes to mow! Thanks for sharing these desert beauties with Mosaic Monday this week!

  4. I love flowers, too! Thanks for sharing these pictures. I love basically all flowers but I’m still a sucker for the rose. 🙂 Thanks for sharing at #heartandsoullinkup

  5. The bougainvillea is blooming here in Florida right now. Amazing how many flowers we have in common with such different climates! I’ll send you some humidity this week if you need it! lol Hugs

  6. I love desert flowers. My sister lives in AZ and sees many of the same. Where I live in Colorado spring is just starting to bloom

  7. I enjoyed this lovely taste of desert beauty. When we traveled full time in our RV we spent several Winter/Spring seasons in various desert places…that is how I learned to appreciate the subtle beauty that is so different from western Oregon’s (where we lived until we retired). Thanks for sharing and for the memories.

    1. I understand what you are saying. During my first real introduction to the desert, it seemed so barren after the lushness of the Midwest. But before too long, I began seeing its more subtle (good description) beauty. I love it here.

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