So here is yesterday's prompt and my journal entry for it -- a day late. If we're lucky, I'll find time to do today's today, and I'll be all caught up again!
So today, the kids and I cruised around the neighborhood to find our top ten plants and trees. We are fortunate to live in a nice development with really great landscaping along all the main roads. They like to use stuff that will do well in the desert climate (duh), is drought tolerant and my favorite thing is that they still try to incorporate color so that our eyes get a break from the fairly monotone landscape that surrounds us.
The plants I included in my top 10 list (which is actually 11, because I couldn't handle the blankness down in the corner of the printout there, more than I don't like lists that include odd numbers), were all roadside specimens, except two, which were put in our front yard before we moved in (so they're still roadside).
Anyway, I'm including larger (and better oriented) photos of each plant/tree below so you can actually see them and appreciate them like we do. Enjoy!
|My favorite in the neighborhood is this "giant" that sprouts up from the tiniest base. It doesn't make logistical sense. But I love the absurdity of it and the bright yellow against the blue sky.|
|When the wind blows here, these plants are the best thing about it. They flow gently in even the strongest winds like hair in a light breeze. Gorgeous and relaxing to watch.|
|For me, anything GREEN in the desert is just like a breath of fresh air. But these little guys are so happy with their spiky leaves and outgoing personalities. Love.|
|And who doesn't get reminded of vacation when they see any type of palm tree? These are darling and short, but still vacation-y enough to bring me joy when I travel around this round-about by the schools.|
|Also in our front yard (and a lot of other places in the neighborhood) is this purple-flower tree. I don't know why purple is popular in desert plants more than most other colors (with the exception of yellow maybe), but I like it.|
|There are several types of trees with yellow flowers on them. But this one caught our eye at the park because it's flowers are unique. Maybe like mini-Columbines or something. I don't know. But it's purty.|
|Finally, we like this one that has little poofy flower bundles. The color is brighter than most yellow on plants here, but probably just because it's so concentrated on the end of each stem. It's a fun one, for sure.|
I do wish I knew more about identifying plants and trees by names. Instead, I just make up my own (except the Red Yucca, which is one we purposely planted in our backyard because I enjoy it so much). Fun, right?!
Do you have a favorite out of these?