Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Beauty among the spines

March is the month to go to the desert and see the beginning of the cactus flower season. The flowers come on according to the altitude of the plants. Those in the low desert start to bloom and then the blooming progresses up into the higher country until mid-summer. There is also a season for each type of flower. Exotic cactus from different parts of the world bloom when their season comes and that may be almost anytime. But the Arizona-Sonora Desert has a predictable blooming pattern. This year, high in the mountains, I am looking forward to tulips, daffodils and crocuses. I feel very sad at missing the cactus flowers.

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