Just one year after planting, my Desert Museum Palo Verde tree has shot up to over 10feet tall and it is now in full bloom. It's also full of bees!
The Bush Morning Glory has blooms for the first time this year. I once tried Mexican Evening Primrose in this spot, but it just didn't grow. The stuff is usually a bit invasive, so when you can't even get it going, let alone to get it to spread, it's frustrating. I do like the Bush Morning Glory though. The spring flowers don't last long, but the plant stays green (actually silvery gray green) all year.
My Queen Victoria Agave will get needed light shade this year from the Palo Verde tree. This is one Agave that can't take a western exposure of the summer sun. I have had this one for over seven years. Since I don't have any of my front yard desert plants on drip irrigation, my plants are slower growing than most. The only pruning I have to do is to keep the palo verde thinned out to keep it from becoming top heavy and prone to toppling in monsoon winds.
This Mexican Bird of Paradise is 13 months old and has tripled in size. It will become a small multi-trunked tree to provide shade to the small courtyard area. It has just began its summer bloom.
My Indian Fig Pricky Pear produced two flowers last year after seventeen years of nothing, and this year it has seven buds. Maybe it just finally reached puberty, or maybe it is what's called a late bloomer!
This Maternity Plant will start soon start draping over the pot (I hope). Aiyana gave me this potted plant after I commented on how I liked hers because it draped over and then up in the pot.
We recently had a couple of days of wonderful soaking rain. April is one of our driest months, and can't wait to see what changes this late rain will bring for the summer!