By Patty Wilber
We have had the best monsoon season in years. There is greenery that requires once-a-week mowing around our house because those darn weeds try to bolt into seed as soon as we whack ’em back! I didn’t whack this one though.
Volunteer Datura near our front door.
I confess I have poisoned, as well as whacked, but as soon as I cause withering and death with some toxic product, the clouds boil up, lightening strikes, thunder rolls, and a whole new set of weedlings make their debut!
One advantage of no rain: little yard work!
The advantage : flowers! Lots and lots of flowers. Unfortunately, just to spoil your read, I took most of the pictures from horseback.
The flowers are desert 4 O’clocks, but I confess, I’m taken with the horse shadow. It is LT.
Mary “Heels Down” Ann and Cometa ride by the sunflowers, harbingers of fall. When can spring start again?
Along the arena: Mallow (orange), Mullin (spike), and sunflower. Not pictured: repens daisy, pepperweed, and bahia.
Verbena and blue grama (eyelash grass)
And moving North into the Pecos:
In the saddle on the saddle above Pecos Baldy Lake. There’s a white flower in this picture. It is one of those find-the-hidden-item tests. (Pria, 4, is the horse–what a great trail horse she turned out to be!)
Fireweed (pink) and a daisy in the Jaroso (2013) burn area in the Pecos.
And more fireweed!
Every year when the warm rains lead to floral profusion, I am astounded anew at the beauty and resiliency of life!
I hope you have a happy Friday, full of flowers!
Here's the skinny: I have a thing for horses. They make sense to me. I have a small horse training business (it's a "boutique" training business, not because it's super fancy, but because the horses get a lot of personal attention). I also go by Dr. Wilber, and teach biology full-time at a Central New Mexico Community college.
Ooh, yes, the flowers! (we’re paying for them with weeds, weeds, and more weeds…and mosquitos!–but it’s so nice to see them!)