Green Ocotillo

Our neighbor, Tim, brought us this Ocotillo a few years back. Since being transplanted here, it has flourished in our backyard. This spring, it has a very showy coat of fine green leaves. The flowers at the tips of the canes haven’t started blooming yet, but they likely will do so this summer.

More about Fouquieria splendens:

These peculiar desert plants bring a sense of wonder to the arid landscapes they thrive in with their distinctive and stunning appearance. They are popular in xeriscape gardens and can be found in many commercial landscaping designs in regions with warm, dry climates. Plants are sometimes grown in medicinal gardens for their healing properties.

Ocotillo may appear to be a cactus because of its spiny branches, but this is a flowering desert shrub. When in flower, the vivid reddish-orange blossoms become heavy, tipping the branches and making for a striking display. Pollinators enjoy the nectar and the blooms are like magnets, drawing hummingbirds and flying insects to them when in bloom. If you’re interested in adding more resilient, unique, and pollinator-friendly plant species to your water-wise garden or landscape, ocotillo is an excellent choice!

(From Gardeners Path)

Vulture Peak

We took the dogs to the groomer today and while we were waiting for them to be finished, we took a little drive up through Constellation Park to the county line between Maricopa and Yavapai Counties. The weather was scattered clouds and a couple of rain showers although we stayed dry.

Verna took this photo of Vulture Peak off in the distance from the county line looking west-south-west toward the vulture mountains. This mountain is an icon when visiting Wickenburg and is very prominently seen from all over town and when approaching the Hassayampa Valley.

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Birds at the Feeders

During the morning walk-around, I noticed that there were several birds helping themselves to the goodies in the feeders out back. I took several pictures with my Canon Rebel SL1 camera. Those photos are below (clickable).

This is a sparrow in the mesquite tree waiting its turn for the feeders.

Here are a couple of sparrows and a finch on the round feeder.

And finally, a finch attending “Bird Church” in the big mesquite tree.