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One of the reasons I love spending time in the garden, is that it is always changing, evolving into the next and over time the garden comes into its own. Just when I feel, wow, this is beautiful the garden makes an adjustment and something new catches my attention.
Over the first few years here in Phoenix, I have spent a good amount of time waiting and watching as plants that I am not familiar with catch my attention and wow me to the core.
Today in my AZ garden the Blue Palo Verde (Cercidium floridum), Arizona's state tree, is in bloom along with the Palo Brea and the Creosote Bush.
The picture above is the Blue Palo Verde, meaing green stick. Notice the trunk and branches are green. They are used for photothinsis as during low water seasons the small leafs and thin branches are dropped to conserve water.
Ah, my Palo Brea...I thought something might be wrong with this beautiful tree however, the display of spring flowers are showing no sign of struggle. The mass of pink flowers is Mexican Primrose (Oenothera speciosa), and the bush to the left forefront is a Creosote Bush. If you attend any of the desert garden walks, there is always a wealth of information communicated regarding this native and useful bush. Most notably is its fragrance, crush a few leafs in the palm of your hand or wait for a shower and it smells like a desert rain. And, when rain becomes a luxury to smell and feel the Creosote is prized companion in the garden.