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April 29, 2011 - Desert Botanical Garden
We are heading into May and the days are getting warmer, but that does not mean the end of the blooming season. There is still plenty to see in the Garden. The foothill palo verdes are very showy now, as well as the desert willow with its orchid-like flowers. Mesquites, palo breas, palo blancos and lysilomas add various shades of yellow to the canopy. The saguaros are just starting to bloom and white-winged doves keep a close eye on their progress. Cardons, prickly pears, chollas, mammillarias hedgehogs and barrel cactus display showy flowers just waiting to be photographed. Agaves, yuccas and a variety of succulents add more color. Along the Harriet K. Maxwell Desert Wildflower Loop Trail are pockets of vibrant color. Fleabane daisy, mealy cup sage, Indian Paintbrush, chocolate flower and blackfoot daisy will continue to bloom into June as well as the Baja fairy duster, aloysia and lantana. Now is a good time to see sacred daturas, evening primroses and four o’clocks which open in the warm late afternoon or evening, staying open until the next morning.