Everyone has been posting such beautiful pictures of spring flowers from around the country that I thought I'd share some desert pictures. My agave plant finally flowered (that is the large stalk in the middle). Unfortunately the plant dies after flowering so I guess I need to call the landscaper again.
This is a prickly pear but it is not in full bloom yet. I'll try to get another picture when all of the pink flowers along the spines come out. No, I don't make jelly from mine
What looks like a wild shrub actually is. Creosote blooms with tiny white and yellow flowers in the spring, sends down deep roots that are almost impossible to dig out and gives the desert its distinctive "after rain" smell when we occasionally get the wet stuff.
This flatish flowering shrub is lantana and commonly used in desert landscaping. It comes in a variety of colors, is low water use and blooms most of the year. They are particularly pretty right now.
Many flowers will grow here, but in the winter when we aren't so hot. Thus ends our lecture on desert flora 101!