Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Gardening Gone Wild Photo Contest - Flowering Trees

This month the theme for the Gardening Gone Wild photo contest is flowering trees. I thought of using a closeup of a flower from a tree but decided to go with the whole tree. This Desert Museum palo verde (Parkinsonia 'Desert Museum') in the Cultivar Garden at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden provides lovely dappled shade with cheerful yellow flowers. It is alive with large black bumblebees. Walking along the path beneath the arching branches on a hot spring day is truly magical.
From Wild Suburbia

13 comments:

healingmagichands said...

This makes me want to walk down that path and see what is around the corner.

Kim said...

What a lovely photo. I'd like to see these trees in person. Being an East Coaster, I probably never will, but they are lovely all the same.

kimberly said...

You just asked for competition ;) I'm a regular reader, and just subscribed to the Gardening Gone Wild RSS feed, thanks to you :)

Pam/Digging said...

Stunning! I love the tunnel effect with the yellow flowers above on the branches and strewn petals below on the path.

Barbara E said...

Thanks to everyone. I've looked at all of the pictures for this month and the competition is stiff (and it is only the 8th!). So glad I don't have to be the one to decide! It has been so much fun to see such great photos.

ramblingwoods said...

I came to your blog when doing a web search on 'sedges' and ended up spending almost an hour here...I noticed you said that you were in upstate NY and I am from western NY and yup..it has been wet and green. I am not a gardener but am trying to change my yard to more native plants. I too share the yard with wildlife big and small..Love your blog...am going to mark it..Michelle

lostlandscape (James) said...

Even here near the coast we're starting to see more people planting palo verdes. I love the airy, open structure of the plants, and your photo shows how striking they can be in bloom.

Barbara E said...

Michelle, glad you enjoyed the piece on grasses, sedges and rushes. I just had a look at your website - very impressive. I love the picture of the bird in the birdbath.

James, yes they are wonderful trees. The only drawback I know of is that they are brittle and can break, so it is best not to use in windy places. Desert Museum blooms in spring but has flowers intermittently throughout the year. Great plant, but very hard to find in nurseries!

Country Mouse said...

It's a beautiful picture - good luck in the competition. Maybe I'll head out to the University of Santa Cruz arboretum today...

Barbara E said...

CM - hope you did get out to UC-SC arboretum. I just got back from the Renegade Craft Fair in downtown LA. It was fun! So many talented people.

Country Mouse said...

I love this - the shadows on the path add a lot of energy to the picture. What a lively tree, what intense color.

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