The last of the Yellow-rumped Warblers headed north a couple of weeks ago, and the White-crowned Sparrows have been gone for about a week. The first White-winged Dove of the season showed up late last week - their arrival usually signals the beginning of our really hot weather (it was 107º two days ago).
|DESERT WILLOW TREE|
With the most recent hot spell, our Desert Willow and Palo Verde trees really started to bloom.
The Desert Willow is covered in clusters of beautiful lilac-pink flowers, about 1-1/2" long.
|Desert Willow flowers|
|PALO VERDE TREE|
|Palo Verde flowers|
The Palo Verde is completely cloaked in yellow flowers. They are smaller, about 1/2" across.
The Palo Verde has green stems, trunk and branches, which gives the tree its common name (in Spanish, palo = stick, verde = green). This allows the tree to carry on photosynthesis even if the leaves have dropped because of drought or extreme temperatures.
"Whether it's cold or whether it's hot;
We will have weather, whether or not."