Blooming Brittle Bush in my front yard. This is a native desert wildflower in Arizona. It lines the roads and covers the hills in spring. We started this bush from a seedling two years ago.
This Lilac Vine isn't native to Arizona, but grows well here. The bees are enraptured with its purple blossoms.
This Native Globe Mallow was brought to my yard by the birds. I found it growing in the lawn, and moved it to our Desert Garden.
Rosemary grows easily here. Its blossoms come in a variety of shades of blue, and drive the honeybees wild.
Honeybees at work (or is it play?) on Rosemary's offerings. You can hear the bush humming with activity when standing near it. It's covered with bees from morning to dark.
Our dwarf orange is covered in delicate white blossoms this time of year. Their heady scent greets visitors who come to our front door, even though the tree is out back. The bees are extra busy right now, making sure we'll have a crop of juicy, sweet Valencias next winter. Like the Rosemary, this plant actually hums when you stand beside it.
I have a difficult time sitting inside writing at this time of year. The weather in Arizona is perfect in spring; not so hot we can swim, but sunny and warm. It’s ideal for hiking and exploring. Now is the time to clean up the yard, get the pool ready for summer swimming, and spend time enjoying the garden.
What’s it like where you are?