Category Archives: flowers

Garlic Chive Bouquet

My mother likes to take photographs of wildflowers along rural roadsides. She calls them “roadside bouquets.”

I have a lot of trouble taking photographs of groups of flowers.

Take this bed of garlic chives. I decided to try capturing them in the shade because at times of day the bed is half in the sun and half in the shade, and the light and dark contrasted too much.

Just seems too bland to me.

So, I watched until it was in full sun.

Seems a bit better.

I still like close, however.

Guess I’m just a macro girl at heart.

What do you think?

Matilija Poppy

Not much new in my garden this week, so I thought I’d share a few photographs from the archives.

This beautiful plant caught my eye at the Boyce Thompson Arboretum last year.

It looks a bit like a common plant found in Arizona called the prickly poppy, but the flowers are bigger and bolder.


These are Coulter’s Matilija poppies, Romneya coulteri. It is from California.

I guess these are what put the “pop” in eye-popping.

Cyclamen Blooming Again

Most things I have read have suggested that cyclamen plants go dormant for the summer.

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Ours must not be able to read 🙂

Rain Lilies Respond

Who has time to pamper fussy plants?

When my son wanted to buy rain lilies to grow in the desert, I had my doubts. They looked fragile. The name rain lily seemed to invoke a tropical plant, or at least one that thrived on rain.

Boy, have my ideas changed! These little beauties are so easy to grow and hardy, I don’t know why I had doubts.

They do bloom more profusely after a rain, hence the name.

Just gives us one more reason to look forward to rain here in the desert.

Have you ever tried to grow rain lilies?

Queen of the Night

When a friend calls and says her Queen of the Night is blooming, you just have to drop everything and go.

They only bloom for one night and quickly close up in the morning.

Here comes the morning light.

By the way, if this blog was 4D, you would be nearly overpowered by the sweet perfume of this flower.

Thank you, Deb S., for sharing.

Mexican Hats

This week we have a new plant in bloom.

Our Mexican hats, Ratibida columnifera, have began to open.

A friend of ours gave us a few of these perennial plants last year from a garden bed she was renewing. We had never tried them before.

Right now there’s a little lag between our main spring bloomers and the flowers that thrive in the summer heat. The Mexican hats are filling that gap nicely.

Rain Lilies and Rain

Two weeks ago we had an unusual storm go through and it actually rained in Phoenix. A few days later the rain lilies, Zephyranthes sp., began to bloom.

When a rain lily flower opens, the bees go crazy gathering the pollen.

The flowers are only open a day or so at most.

The leaves are already starting to curl a bit on this one.

Although their name suggests they might grow in a moist climate, we actually have a native species in Arizona and rain lilies grow quite well here.

We do water our rain lilies via irrigation. Most are on drip irrigation, but a few I occasionally shower with the hose.

It’s is probably a silly thing to wonder, but it did cross my mind that somehow the plants could distinguish a real rain from artificial rain provided by irrigation, because they flowered after a rain. I wonder how the plants could tell?