The plentiful winter rains in Southern California have really brought the Mojave Desert to life for those of us who call it home. The warm sun on the new plants and blossoms evokes the most wonderful spring scent. I love desert springtime!
Here is Ivy with one of the lovely yellow flowers that are growing in large clusters everywhere.
These are our early cactus blossoms! I can’t wait for the other colors to arrive on the other cacti varieties. Purples, scarlet, oranges…
These are so tiny and delicate. They remind me of miniature iris.
One of my all time favorite is creosote. I just love the way this plant smells year round, and especially in the rain. There’s nothing quite like it. So refreshing!
This lavender beauty was very prolific up in our nearby Joshua Tree National Park.
Perhaps I saved the best for last. The yucca plants were all displaying their heavy heads full of succulent white blossoms up in Joshua National Park again. If you can get close enough to them without being stabbed by the fierce leaves, the smell is amazingly sweet and fragrant.
The sun was setting on a cool evening in Joshua Tree Park.
These photos are a meager handful of the desert flowers and rich plant life happening in the Mojave this time of year. We try to get outside as often as possible to enjoy it, always looking for new and interesting desert wildflowers.