Beautiful Brittlebush – for Your Southwestern Landscape

Brittlebush is not only beautiful to behold – it is beautiful for many aspects of a sustainable Sonoran desert habitat. Brittlebush provides food for foraging pollinators, a shady spot to start saguaro life, a sheltered spot for wildlife to rest, and a safe corner of the world to build a little lizard den under. Brilliant Brittlebush Brittlebush (Encelia farinosa) is one of the most common and conspicuous wildflowers in the Sonoran Desert; seasonally providing a glowing golden-yellow cloak for the desert. And yes, the wood is brittle, hence the name. […]

Veterans Day Poppies ~ Plant Now for Memorial Day

In the Southwest, Veterans Day is a good time to plant poppy seed for spring poppies.  Why mention this at all? Paper poppies were once sold to raise funds for veterans and their families left destitute by their service.  Why Poppies? A little history here. For some of you it might be ancient history, but for some of us it’s not.  We heard our grandfathers stories of the fighting on in the Great War (later called WW I). You may have also heard fathers and uncles discussing the differences between […]