Wednesday, June 9, 2010

What's Blooming?

We see these little trees everywhere. I finally asked one of the profs down at a New Mexico State University garden what they are. Oddly enough, they are called desert bird of paradise, not to be confused with the exotic-looking bird of paradise flower that one sees in California. Apparently, these come in either red or yellow; I've only seen the yellow ones so far.

The creamy blossoms of the yucca have just about gone by.

This is a happy little weed growing by the side of the road.

These oleander bushes were completely loaded with blossoms. I've seen them everywhere in white, dark pink, and a kind of murky-looking lighter pink. I'd really love to get one in a butter-cream color that I saw at a nursery.

Here is a close-up of the oleander flowers (poisonous if eaten--I've never been tempted!).

Don't forget to keep voting every day in the New Mexico Day of Enchantment Photo Contest, which is continuing to the end of June.


Beth said...

Those oleanders are lovely, Clair. And the yucca is very interesting. We have yucca here, but it's not quite so spiky.

Quiet Paths said...

Yucca and Oleander... totally foreign up here. Wow! Such an interesting variety of blooming plants you have. Thank you for posting these.