Here are a few things that have caught my eye in the garden over the last few days. In addition to Caesalpinia pulcherrima, above, the most spectacular arrivals, watched from bud to open flowers, are a pair of blooms on Trichocereus grandiflorus.
A second T. grandiflorus has bloomed again also.
And there are other summer flowers in bloom now.
This is the first year for hollyhock blooms.
The miniature roses are unstoppable.
I am discovering that Love in a Mist carries its species descriptive "damascena" by rights; it originated in the Mediterranean and, like many plants from the region, has settled into the desert fairly comfortably.
The very native desert milkweed has also chosen this time to bloom; here are the first flowers on Asclepias subulata.
Lavandula x "Goodwin's Creek Gray" can bloom nearly year-round, fortunately for the bees!
May has begun with very volatile weather (see my weather diary below), but it certainly has its floral treasures!
Weather Diary: Friday - Slightly cloudy; High: 105 F(41 C)/Low: 69 F (21 C); Humidity: 7%-34%; Saturday - Partly cloudy; High: 97 F (36 C)/Low: 70 F (21 C); Humidity: 10%-41%