As temperatures have moved upward during the month of April, flowering has shifted to emphasize the more exotic plants. This is not to say that the standard garden fare is unavailable, but the borders are punctuated just now by some of the more unusual native and subtropical varieties.
A month that began with the last few narcissus flowers...
...quickly transitioned to blooms belonging much more distinctively to hot climate conditions. Perhaps the most spectacular came from a cactus. Here is the first bloom from Trichocereus grandiflorus.
It's an enormous flower for the current size of the plant.
There were also the tiny, brilliant wreaths of bloom on a couple of Mammillarias.
This one (species name not available until I hunt it up!) is part of a container planting of cacti and succulents. I have three of these now and have thoroughly enjoyed them. This is the newest so the plants have not grown much yet.
There are a number of native southwestern plants in bloom now. One is Gaura (Oenothera lindheimeri "Belleza White"). Originating in Texas and Louisiana, Gaura is amazingly reliable here in the low desert.
A well-known denizen of the southwestern deserts is California poppy (Eschscholzia californica). Though my garden certainly did not make the showing that the California deserts did this spring, the plants that emerged have livened up the garden considerably with their brilliant gold.
And there are a few deep red ones from a batch that I struggled to start in the North Border. Perhaps I will have better luck with these next autumn! For now I am enjoying the ones that did arrive.
Brilliant color also comes from Damianita (Chrysactinia mexicana). It is just going over after weeks of being entirely blanketed in bright yellow.
And there is more bright red from the fairyduster (Calliandra californica "Baja Red").
Then there are the heat-loving plants from elsewhere in the world. The most consistent bloom has surely come from the Australian blue hibiscus (Alyogyne huegelii, here with friend).
Much more ephemeral but equally welcome are the magnificent Hippeastrum flowers. First "Ambiance" bloomed...
Lantana "Denver Red" needs to be cut back as it is now growing into Euphorbia "Sticks on Fire".
And a few aloe flowers are still appearing, these from "Firebird".
I must post about roses, as this is their time also, but I wanted to share these more exotic flowers, which have been holding high revel as temperatures regularly top 90 F/ 32 C. They are among the privileges of gardening in the desert.
Weather Diary: Fair with light haze; High: 98 F (37 C)/Low: 60 F (16 C); Humidity: 7%-41%