Saturday, February 11, 2012

Desert Beauties .. Anza-Borrego Wildflowers

It's that time time of year....
The deserts are bursting into bloom rather early, it seems. What a strange winter it has been, and continues to be. One can never be certain when or if it will be a good year for wildflower displays. I've had word that the landscape is blooming already in Anza-Borrego.

I'm conjuring up images and savoring memories of my sojourn last March, from Palm Springs to the Salton Sea to Anza-Borrego and onward to Joshua Tree.

 Eremalche rotundifolia - Desert Five-Spot
A diminutive beauty that captured my heart, just in time for Valentine's Day.

Another sweetheart ...  Camissonia claviformis  -  Brown-eyed primrose 
 Photos © Alice Joyce

In a remote area of Anza-Borrego, the Dune Evening Primrose thrives. 
Oenothera deltoides

 Sand Verbena - Abronia villosa - scrambles over the parched earth.


  1. Hi Alice, they are really beautiful, they don't look like weeds when displayed like in your photos. If they are planted in containers in some beautiful houses, they wont be considered weeds anymore!

  2. So very delicate and beautiful! Lovely photographs of wildflowers!

    1. Great to connect, Julie. Thanks for stopping by.

  3. Wild flowers can be just as lovely as the highly bred cultivated varieties
    and attract more wild life.I'm in favour of having a place in the garden just for these often overlooked species.
    I am enjoying your blog,and will return often.:)

    1. Agreed! I love integrating native plants along with cultivars.
      Welcome, Breathtaking!

  4. Hello,

    I found your blog and I like it very much, so I became your new follower.

    Greetings from Holland,

    1. And welcome to you, my new Dutch friend.
      Always interesting to find connections with other countries and bloggers!