Today, for the official first day of summer, I'm going to show you something that is exciting to me. Something that proves, even though it feels like an oven out there, we haven't had it too bad this year.
It is next to impossible to keep flowers alive in Phoenix during this time of year (for me it is anyway). Come August, everything is burned to a crisp. We decided to stop being irresponsible with our water usuage when we moved here to the Pagoda and we planted mostly xeriscape landscaping. We have a few strips of grass in the backyard for the dog and one pot of flowers by the back door and that's about it. Everything else is a desert plant. They still need water, just much less. I miss my flowers and lush grass but we feel better about this little decision so that's that. The good news is, one of cactus plants showed me just the sweetest little flower she had to offer last week...
I know it's no ranucula or magnolia. It offers no sweet scent like the rose or orange blossom. It's does not have the elegance of a calla lily or orchid, but it is unexpected is it not? The contrast it brings to the big, some might even say, not so attractive thorn covered cactus, is quite a gift.
Wait, the Bougainvillea and Mexican Bird of Paradise blooming in my front yard are nothing to sneeze at either. These plants are displaying this kind of beauty in 100+ degree heat and with very little water. They thrive in the harshest of conditions.