I wanted to add some shots of the area around my cluster of trees today. Here they are against the wall that surrounds our property. The bush in front is a large shrub of rabbitbrush (Ericameria nauseosus), which I wrote about briefly the other day. (I used the earlier name of Chrysothamnus nauseosus in the post; Jane gave me a heads-up that the name has been changed recently.)
The soil these plants grow in is tight and dry. Loose surface rock is everywhere, punctuated by small tufts of dry grass.
But on the whole, things are greener than I would have expected. Arizona has received more rain than usual for the last year or two. This rather lush view down our street shows the results.
In fact, I fully expected rain today. It was forecast, and the sky has been clouded up since yesterday. Humidity has been fairly high, temperatures have been lower, and last night we got some strong winds, but... nothing more. A few drops have fallen; that is all.
But Parkinsonia florida can do without for a while. It is well adapted to dry conditions!
Linking to Lucy's Loose and Leafy for the Tree Watching meme, which has inspired these posts...