Each week there are different plants in bloom. Some last a while, others change so quickly I can’t catch them on film. I’d do better if I took my camera out with me on every walk. I can’t seem to make it a habit. Some of these pictures are plants I’ve run out to the backyard to photograph. Others belong to my neighbors.
One of the plants in my yard which I classify as a wildflower, but I suspect many call a weed, is wire lettuce. It is named for the fact that its leaves look like stems. It has a very small white flower tinged with pink. Unfortunately, I haven’t yet been able to capture that pink edge on film.
Another plant in my garden is blooming for the first time this year. It was a volunteer; its seed must have come some distance since I haven’t seen this in any of my neighbors’ yards. It is an acacia, and, yes, those round yellow balls are the flower, not the fruit.
I have two small desert willow plants in my yard. They’ve only put out one or two flowers so far this year – one last year. So I admire the mature trees in my neighbors’ yards. On this one, you can see many blossoms, along with last year’s seed pods. I think I have quite a few years to wait for this kind of display.
One plant I’ve been wanting for my yard and haven’t found a place for is cholla. It is much better behaved and less weedy than prickly pear, so I may yet find a spot. I love the way the flowers appear among the pods from last year. At some point in my youth I was part of a class in colors, for clothes, in which we were told not to mix purple and yellow. Nature missed this suggestion. I see yellow and purple flowers together every all, and here, the purple flowers among yellow seed pods.