Sunday, May 02, 2010

Spring flowers 2010

I thought I’d show you some of the flowers that have been blooming around our yard this past week. First are some we planted in the front courtyard that aren’t natives.

We have a wisteria that we brought from San Diego, and are now training up the new cover we have out front.

B really liked these Angel Trumpet plants, but it does not do well here, they do not like the soil so we leave it in a pot, having to bring it inside I the winter because of the cold, and having it lose most of it’s leaves in the summer heat. But right now the flowers are about 8” long and very nice.

One of the past owners left these iris plants, which have been coming up every year.

We also found a Banks rose along the pool, doing nowhere as well as the ones we had in southern California.

From a few seeds planted in the bed a few years ago, the California poppies have spread around most of the yard.

In the same area, Buster realized it has warmed up, and he is back dozing in the sunshine. He will be out here frequently for most of the summer.

One of the natives we have that isn’t blooming yellow right now is the desert mallow. This bush is about a meter tall and two wide, been in for five years.

Along the pool some Mexican primrose have taken over one side, they do quite well here and have spread to spots around the yard.

We put in some other small natives, in scattered spots around.

And along the pool as well.

That’s our Spring yard, mostly yellow, lots of flowers coming out after a wet winter and before the heat of summer. It was cool today, but due to get up into the mid 90’s by mid week. (35c)

Oh - just noticed, Blogger says this is my one thousandth post. Didn't think I'd hang around this long.


Colleen Barnett said...

Your garden is lovely. Spring is always a pretty time of year. It's getting cooler here, which hopefully means the beginning of our wet season. We had a long, dry summer, so we are ready for a cold wet winter now!

Beautiful garden, Joe.

SOL's view said...

The flowers are lovely. Are most desert flowers yellow or is that just the way it worked out?

Looks great.


Yes, coming up to winter here now and I'm not looking forward to it!

AiringMyLaundry said...

Happy 1000 posts!

And beautiful flowers.

The Blonde Duck said...

So pretty! I'm going swimming today!

JoeinVegas said...

Water temp is only up to 68 - come back in a month, with the cover on it will be up to 90f (32c) by the end of May. But you are welcome anytime, cold or hot.

The Blonde Duck said...

I went swimming yesterday and only lasted 20 minutes--I about froze to death!

Anonymous said...

Love your yard. All those pretty, pretty colors!

Virginia Gal said...

Happy 1000 post!!! So glad you are around, I love to read your musings on life and happenings in Las Vegas.

Your garden is gorgeous, do you guys spend a lot of time out there?

ps - love the Buster shot - he is adorable!

Rob said...

Congratulations on reaching 1,000.

The flowers are lovely. Do you think the reason some of the Californian ones haven't done so well is soil, or humidity, or just that they don't like being shifted?

JoeinVegas said...

It's our soil - very alkaline and very few organics. For the plants that need it we add a lot of compost and stuff, but still the water has lots of minerals and the roots eventually reach out into the 'native' ground and stop growing. Like in the old western movies, riding up to the ol' watering hole and finiding it not fit to drink because of the chemicals.

Pamela said...

enjoyed your spring yard walk. I should do this.

Deana said...

Your flowers are beautiful. I love wisteria but I can't seem to get mine to take off like everyone else around this area. I think I planted mine too far back in the wood's edge. I am so far behind. I didn't realize it had been so long since I'd been over to visit!