The superbloom continues!!

Aloe burgersfortensis, Desert Garden
Euphorbia xantii, Desert Garden
Kerria japonica, Japanese Garden
Dracaena cinnabar, Desert Garden
Brunfelsia latifolia, Jungle Garden
Salvia microphylla, Jungle Garden
Scabiosa cretica, Subtropical Garden
Borzicactus sericatus, Desert Garden
Sonchus canariensis, Subtropical Garden
Nicotiana alata ‘Jasmine White’, Herb Garden


Not-so-mellow yellow.

1. Purple pricklypear (Opuntia macrocentra).

2. Lesser goldfinch (Spinus psaltria).

3. Foothills palo verde (Parkinsonia microphylla).

4. Yellow columbine (Aquilegia chrysantha).

At the Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, Arizona. Please click any photo in the set to enlarge. 

Petite sélection de sauges arbustives qui poussent dans le jardin.

Small selection of microphylla sage growing in the garden, different leaves shapes, colour and scent. A rewarding plant.

Salvia microphylla “Trenance”

Salvia microphylla “Le Pradet”

Salvia microphylla “Blue note”

Salvia microphylla “Dancing Dolls”

Salvia microphylla “Ribambelle”

Salvia microphylla

Salvia microphylla “Violette de Loire”

Salvia lycioides

Salvia microphylla “Icing Sugar”

Salvia microphylla “Touch of pink”

Salvia microphylla var. “Wislizenii”

Salvia microphylla “Royal Bumble”


Early Morning Ramble: Scenes from a walk in Pima Canyon, in the South Mountain Preserve, Phoenix, Arizona. Please click any photo in the set for enlarged views.

1. Sunrise over Tempe.

2. Creosote bush (Larrea tridentata) and buckhorn cholla cactus (Cylindropuntia acanthocarpa).

3. Saguaro (Carnegia gigantea) and foothills paloverde (Parkinsonia microphylla) on the hillside.

4. Paloverde blossoms.

5. Hohokam petroglyph panel on the trailside.

6. Tamarisk (Tamarix sp., probably T. chinensis).

7. Pima wash.


Kalmia microphylla is in the blueberry family Ericaceae. Commonly known as bog laurel, it is native to the western United States and Canada. Bog laurel is found near streams and lakes throughout the North American mountain ranges at high elevations. Like other members of the blueberry family, the petals are fused together in the bog laurel, although the flowers more resemble a shallow cup instead of an urn like their blueberry relatives. The five petals have small indentations where the stamens push into as the flower develops. This puts the pollen bearing stamens under tension so that when a pollinator lands on the flower, the stamens bend inward and shower the insect with pollen, so that it can fertilize the next flower it visits.