Color is a Necessary Ingredient in Life,
Hence, One Plants Flowers in Spring
Even If One Lives In a Desert
UPDATED 14 June 2015; 10 July 2014; and 27 July 2014.
A varied bunch of colorful flowers helps brighten the mood when walking out of the house:
This is what that colorful mix looked like on 27 August:
Hollyhocks are Audrey's favorite. These are in front:
These are in back:
But what surprised us is this exuberant display of white Yucca flowers and a giant stalk with red flowers from our resident Century Plant.
That very tall stalk is an Agave Americana, also known as a Century plant, it just sits there and grows for a decade or more and then sticks up this spectacular flower and seed stalk, and then dies. In the meantime, in the wild, it has been reproducing with shoots, but that has not been possible in this controlled setting. Birds have landed on the seed pods, maybe some bird poop plopped somewhere on bare ground will plant a seed that carries on the life of this marvelous plant.
Looking back at the house from behind that giant stalk takes us back to the flower patch we started with:
There are also flowers planted in the backyard, but what was more interesting was the well-being of the three trees planted in the transition zone between the golf course and the property the house sits on:
The northernmost pecan tree is thriving as seen through the equally thriving Rosemary bush:
The central red crabapple tree is starting its second year here quite well, and beyond it the southernmost pecan tree has been struck down by an unknown assailant twice during the year we lived here, but it is tough and coming back from its well watered and nourished roots!
There is a lesson in that resilience.
Every few weeks I have been taking photos of the flowers erupting from that tall agave stem. It is quite the bee, bug and bird attractor!
Red buds turn into yellow flowers, starting from the bottom:
I will add photos every few weeks to let you experience with us what happens next to this gorgeous plant as it lives through (or maybe not) its strange life-cycle.
This is a photo from 10 July:
The plant is starting to die from the bottom up:
And by the 27th a big wind had pushed it over and it is very evident the plant is continuing to die from the bottom up:
This is a common plant in the Chihuahuan desert, as one can see on this page where there are several examples.
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