Flowers in a desert? Well, Surprise, Surprise, Surprise.

Real Estate Agent with HomeSmart SA541769000

When people talk about the Sonoran Desert it churns up visions of the movie Lawrence of Arabia. Endless sand dunes, rocks, and scorching heat. Well, that last part – scorching heat – is correct, but only part of the year. For most of the year, the weather is balmy and quite comfortable.

The truth is the Sonoran Desert which encompasses most of Arizona and a portion of Southern California looks nothing like the desert where T. E. Lawrence went to battle against the Ottoman Turks.

Our desert is quite green most of the year and in the spring - one of our two rainy seasons - the desert comes alive. Plants of all types sprout new growth and those that can flower proudly burst into colors of yellow, orange, purple, and white.

We went out for a walk a few days ago and stumbled across this lovely cactus adorned with white blooms.

Cactus Flower

The yard at our new house is small, but we still have room for a nice assortment of flowering plants.

Just outside my office window, my wife planted Lady Banks roses which grow quickly and can hug a fence or wall much like ivy. A few weeks ago, these healthy plants blessed us with a full array of flowers.

Lady Banks Roses

We also planted several Jasmine plants which are blooming nicely and providing a deep fragrance to our yard.

Jasmine in Bloom


Our spring flowers are not just limited to home gardens or nurseries. In many places outside the reach of mankind, mother nature puts on her own display of color with flowering brittle brush, poppies, and lupine blanketing the hillsides.

Poppies and Lupine


The blooms will be short-lived. In a few weeks the summer heat with take hold and all but the heartiest of flowering plants will go back to sleep for another season.

Fortunately, some plants like Bougainvillea, Lantana, and Purple Sage will continue to flower all summer.

I know that our short spring season doesn’t compare to other areas of the country that are just beginning to show their summer colors. I also know that my pictures cannot compete with Roy Kelly’s collection of award-winning photographs.

Still, we take pride in our spring blooms and look forward to seeing them again next spring.

I bet T. E. Lawrence would be very impressed.

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Comments (11)

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Joseph Domino 480-390-6011 - What a great story you told about the plants that grow in your areas of Arizona. That cactus plant is extraordinary! Thank you for introducing me to the Lady Banks roses. They are gorgeous! For years I had jasmine growing near my front door but these last two years nothing happened. Even worse, there is no sign that the plant even existed anymore. What I enjoyed most was coming home late at night and smelling the jasmine in the dark before turning the key and the lock. 

May 04, 2023 01:04 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hello Joseph... I know all about flowers blooming the desert... and they are just lovely.

May 04, 2023 01:08 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

The fence on one side of my house is completely covered in Star Jasmine.  I love it when it blooms.  It is so very fragrant.

May 04, 2023 05:26 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

CONGRATULATIONS Joseph, on having this blog FEATURED in the PHOTOS group!

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May 04, 2023 05:26 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Joseph- your first photo is stunning!!! Who would have thought there would be flowers like that in the desert? We had Bougainvillea in South Florida and they love dry conditions with lots of sun. 

May 04, 2023 08:02 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

How beautiful! This is a great entry for this month's challenge.


May 05, 2023 04:53 AM
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
Relocation to NW AZ with elbow room & more freedom

Golden Valley had a plethora of Poppies and was featured on national television. Yes the desert does have flowers, though some are indeed unique.

May 05, 2023 07:52 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

Hi Joseph,
I figured the desert cactus blooms would be more prolific than usual after a rainy winter. Thanks for sharing.

May 08, 2023 10:16 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

Oh, so gorgeous, Joseph! I love them all but am partial to the Lady Banks roses. I used to live on 'Rosebank' Lane and my neighbor and I planted them between us against the fence that divided out backyards. They were GORGEOUS, just like yours!

Thank you so much for participating in this month's challenge!

May 09, 2023 02:17 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much for sharing your photographs.

A bit different from what we see in Maryland.

May 20, 2023 01:03 PM
Ed (Edward) Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

The blossoms on cactus are indeed beautiful and do look like roses. We saw many at the AZ botanical garden when we were out there.

Jun 02, 2023 06:32 AM