Mon 14 May 2012
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To keep our garden inspiration flowing, I will post pictures of flowers, trees and other plants that I have found pretty and/or interesting for one reason or another. Many of the pictures will be of drought-tolerant or xeriscape plants because I live and grow in the Sonoran Desert.
I hope these photographs stimulate your creativity and keep you enthusiastic about the wonderful world of horticulture. Please feel free to share your thoughts with me by leaving a comment below.
Believe it or not, we had relatives visit from the east coast and while it can be rather hot during this part of May, it was a relatively mild week for their visit. While they were here, one place we visited was the Desert Botanical Garden. Blooms were not as omnipresent as they are during the spring, but there was still plenty to see (not to mention the butterfly exhibit)!
One stunner was the globe artichoke in the herb garden. I have seen artichokes, but I never knew the flower was so pretty and I must admit my pictures in the height of the afternoon sun do not do them justice. They look like a giant thistle flower; stunning. Following are two shots from different angles.
To learn more about globe artichokes, you can check this website which also has a picture that more accurately shows the beauty of this flower as well as additional information about the plant.
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