Friday, December 5, 2014

Symphony in Green

Rosemary, rosmarinus, Tuscan Blue
Rosemary "Tuscan Blue"
At last we have our first winter rains here in the Sonora.  They have been slow and cool, first a few spattered drops while the clouds gathered, paused, gathered, and the clean, rich, bitter scent of creosote scrub rose across the desert.  Then a heavier rainfall, melting into the soil, scattering off of gravel and small rocks, then pulsing into little rivulets flowing every which way that is downward.  At last a full soaking, winter rain overnight.

The garden plants are as happy as the native brush.  Leaves are firm and polished, reaching up to the soft rain.  So here is a photographic celebration of a wet day in the desert garden, mostly leaves and waterdrops... 
Eremophila "Valentine"

Perovskia atriplicifolia

Perovskia atriplicifolia, Russian sage
Perovskia atriplicifolia

Lemon thyme, thymus
Lemon Thyme

star of bethlehem, ornithogalum arabicum
Star of Bethlehem (Ornithogalum arabicum)

Sedeveria "Sorrento", succulent
Sedeveria "Sorrento"

damianita, chrysactinia mexicana
Damianita (Chrysactinia mexicana)

Lavandula stoechas "Blueberry Ruffles", Spanish lavender, blueberry ruffles, lavender
Lavandula stoechas "Blueberry Ruffles"

rose, sterling silver, hybrid tea rose
Rose "Sterling Silver"

Autumn Sage, Autumn Moon, Salvia greggii,
Autumn Sage (Salvia greggii) "Autumn Moon"

Autumn Sage, Autumn Moon, Salvia greggii
Autumn Sage (Salvia greggii) "Autumn Moon"

coral fountain, firecracker plant, russelia equisetiformis, big red
Coral Fountain (Russelia equisetiformis) "Big Red"


  1. So beautiful Amy. It looks like summer to me.

    1. Thanks so much, Jessica! I suppose in an odd way this is our summer since it's the mild part of the year, and the plants (and people!) are a good deal more comfortable than in July or August ;) It does take some adjusting to the seasons here, I'm finding!