Monday, May 2, 2011

April Showers Bring May (Wild)Flowers

In the Sonoran Desert, it's wildflowers. 

We had a few good rain showers this year and the flowers in the desert have been nice, although not spectacular like they've been in previous years.  When we get heavy winter rain, the wildflowers between Phoenix and Tucson become so vibrant it's like the sky dumps watercolors onto the desert from some giant paint tray.  Pinks, yellows, reds, purples--the color is enough to sting your eyes!

This time of year, though, I always miss the lilacs and peonies that we had in the garden where I grew up outside Chicago.  I can still smell them, especially the peonies, pink and white creamy flowers as big as grapefruits that grew all lopsided against our garage. 

In grade school, my sisters and I use to pick them, wrap the stems in paper towels and then wrap another layer of aluminum foil around the stems.  Then we'd carefully carry them to school to our favorite teachers (that would be you, Miss Berry and Miss Bone!) during the beginning of May every year.  A lot of kids did.

What a beautiful day today!

24 comments:

Rachael Harrie said...

Wow, so beautiful. Who would have thought the desert could be so vibrant!

Hugs,

Rach

Angelina Rain said...

Beautiful picture. I wish I could see it live. I love peonies, can’t wait until mine grow and bloom. I just hope my dog doesn’t eat them. My mother couldn’t grow any of them in her yard as her dog finds them to be a delicacy.

raelynbarclay said...

Pretty, wish my desert was all in bloom, LOL, I just have dirt and sand around me!

SM Reine said...

Gorgeous picture. I'm a desert dweller too, but it's much more stark where I am. I've always found such beauty in the desolation.

I found you through the meet an author Monday blog hop. :) Hi there!

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Orlando said...

What's wonderful about this blog is that you can see how you can find beauty everywhere you go and in everyone you meet. I would have been a great hippie, peace and love. Groovy…

Danette said...

I love spring! Our flowers are blooming everywhere and I'm loving it. We are semi-arid so in the mountains it's kind of like Arizona- all of our greenery and lovely wildflowers will be bursting forth now to turn a not so beautiful brown in the summer. In the city people use a lot of water to have peonies and roses, etc. (they shouldn't really- water shortages occur frequently) But I love spring and summer!!! Thanks for sharing your pictures!

Jennifer Lane said...

So pretty, Liz! Things are greening up here in Ohio but we've had so much rain it's hard to see the beauty yet. Bring on the sun!

Katie Mills said...

Oh, I love how certain smells of the season can bring you back. Beautiful garden!

J.L. Campbell said...

Your description of the flowers created a vivid picture in my mind. The picture helped too.

Karen Walker said...

I love the wildflowers of the desert as well. Here in New Mexico they are spectacular. The last two days, however, we seem to have slipped back to winter. Cold and windy. Yuck.
Karen

Arlee Bird said...

Hot here in L.A.! I keep intending to get out to see the desert blooms, but never seem to do it. And with the current price of gas we stay especially close to home. But nice to hear your take on Spring and see the lovely photos.

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Maria Zannini said...

That is so gorgeous. I love desert vegetation.

Michael Di Gesu said...

Yes, when I lived in the desert I missed all the NE flowers. Azaleas, Rhododendrons, roses, peonies, etc.

We had pink and white peonies growing on the side of my childhood home too, Liz. I guess NY and Chicago have similar spring/summer flowers.

When I get back to Chicago I hope the city flowers are in bloom. Lincoln Park is GLORIOUS in the late spring/summer.

Nas Dean said...

Oh, I love the picture. So beautiful!

Heather M. Gardner said...

That picture is pretty spectacular! My thumb is so black that I killed a cactus once. Hence, no pretty flower pictures from me!
Peonies? Are those the ones that look like bloomin' onions but they are full of those little ants?
We used to do that with the paper towels and foil too and bring them to our mom.
What a nice memory.

Donna Cummings said...

I love your description of the sky dumping watercolors onto the desert! It's perfect.

And in New England it's finally turning to spring and flowers are blooming, which is wonderful--except they also bring allergies. LOL I still love this time of year, and would get rid of winter completely if I could. :)

Susan Fields said...

I absolutely love the smell of spring flowers! I think lilacs are my favorite.

Trisha said...

I've got a friend who lives in Phoenix, but she prefers to call her place of abode the Sonoran Desert :)

Liz Fichera said...

Glad you enjoyed the wildflowers!

@Heather: Yes, as I recall, peonies were loaded with bugs.
@Trisha: Phoenix is in the Sonoran Desert. It actually extends from Phoenix, way down to Tucson, which is about a two hour drive from me. The desert is HUGE.

Anne R. Allen said...

Gorgeous photo. Nothing more beautiful than the desert in the spring. When I lived in San Diego, we always used to try to get to Borrego Springs for the flowers.

Our spring is just peaking on the Central Coast. After such a wet winter, it's glorious. My yard is overgrown with wildflowers (ie weeds) but I can't bring myself to harm them.

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Angela Felsted said...

These flowers are gorgeous!

Twimom227 said...

Wow! Just wow! Thanks for sharing!