Deserts and Beyond

Deserts and beyond...places in and around the southern California deserts and beyond. Photo taken at Canyon Lake, in the Superstition Mountains of Arizona, December 2011. A few minutes later, after the sun disappeared, these cliffs were their normal color. They were only golden for a short time and I'm glad we were able to view them in their glory.






Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Palo Verde~Nature Notes~041912



The palo verdes are in full bloom right now.  The desert landscape is dotted with their yellow flowers.  We have four in our yard that are blooming.  The one out front, by the street, is so heavy with blossoms that it is nearly tipping over.  The one out back is an older one and has two little bird nests in it.  I have another one right where I feed the birds.  It's only about 3 years old and this is its first year to really bloom.  I'll try to get some photos of them this weekend. They are called palo verde (green stick) because, for most of the year, they look like plain green sticks.  Ahhhh....but in Spring, their blossoms come and open up and they adorn the landscape with their blossoms.  I always enjoy the palo verde blooming season.  We had a huge one at school, out by the playground, that one year was so full of blooms!  However, the gardeners came by and severely pruned it and honestly, I haven't even noticed it this year.  I guess I'll have to take a look tomorrow! Nature Notes for April 19, 2012.  To visit Nature Notes, please go to this link:   http://ramblingwoods.com/

5 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

thanks for telling us what they are. they look a bit like forsythia i've been seeing elsewhere in blogland.

Gaelyn said...

I like the green bark.

Teresa said...

These are just starting to make their debut in AZ...I can't wait to see all that yellow!!!

Rambling Woods said...

I had heard the name, but didn't know anything about them. The blooms are beautiful Cheryl Ann...hope all is going well for you and have a wonderful week..Michelle

soho stitch said...

What an amazing landscape and such abundant blossoming.