Posts Tagged ‘Friday flowers’

Although quite poisonous, oleanders of various colors decorate the Arizona landscape everywhere. Presenting as bushes or trees, depending upon how you prune or don’t prune, they make perfect “walls” to protect homes from view, create a boundary, or just provide shade. But keep them away from children and animals (or vice versa) and don’t burn the wood. The fumes are also bad for you.

What makes oleanders attractive is a combination of beauty and hardiness. They stand up well to heat and dry conditions and as we know from only two months experience, that makes them super stars in the desert landscape!

Companion planting is a gardening technique, but I have no idea whether or not humans had anything to do with these two types of flowers growing together. Either way, they go well together.

I saw these on my walk this morning and was instantly enamored. Learning their name (aka peacock flowers, dwarf poincianas and red bird-of-paradise) only made me love them more.

By the way, it was a 17-lemon walk!!! I didn’t want to carry all those lemons for a several mile walk, so I hid the bag behind a nearby bougainvillea and picked them up on the way home. More lemonade tomorrow.

Happy Friday and have a wonderful weekend!

This is a type of yucca, but I never realized they got so big! To me it looks exactly like something Dr. Seuss would have invented. In fact, I think that I saw it on Mulberry Street!

Even though this plant is called Red Yucca, Red Hesperaloe, or Hesperaloe parviflora, it’s not really a yucca and certainly not yucky. It’s as attractive as yuccas, though. This one is in our backyard. From what I’ve read, they attract hummingbirds, so I’ll have to keep my eyes open and my camera ready.