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We've moved on to Silver City, N.M. where it's a little less dry, but no grass and all the plants are still seperately irrigated. There was a long article in the paper about the harsh future of Northern Mexico/Southern U.S. adjoining states as to availability of water in the future.

Big Bend and Las Cruces being in the Chihuahuan desert, I am always amazed that flowers grow in parts of the parks and exist on their own. Like these....P3232678
The road into Big Bend; the camp is 50 miles from the entrance gate
Bluebonnets! Texas' state flower. They grow only on the roadsides and they were the best I've seen them here this year!
A mix of flowers on the road in
Ocotillo, which only produces leaves when it's gotten some water. It stores chlorophyll in it's stems for the dry times with no leaves. This one was the only one of scores that I saw with leaves.
This is it's flower, it attracts Hummingbirds
The blooms of the Yucca
Indian Paintbrush (I think)
This grew in the sand by the Rio Grande
Cholla, a cactus that will attach itself to you at the slightest touch; then it's spines will work their way into you  till they hit bone!
A new bird for me, the Painted Redstart! I couldn't get a great pic because he never sat for more than a half second. The tree it was in was covered in pendulant flowers which were covered, in turn, by flies, who also found us very attractive and sat all over us!
It was a nicely marked bird; wish I could've gotten a clear pic
The Cactus Wren, who is very loud and resonant for his size!
He's very pretty; got a tale like the Cookoo's
The Curve-Billed Thrasher!
On our last day in Rockhound St. Park, 2 Scaled Quail showed up to eat my bird seed! They run so fast, their little legs are a blur!
That's my birds of TX and N.M. for today!

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We have a blue plant that looks very like your bluebonnets that grows along the roadside at Dungeness. Viper's-bugloss. It is associated with disturbance. A few years ago a garden owner tried to remove weeds from her garden by spraying it with herbicide. The treatment activated the seeds of this plant and the whole garden turned bright blue, except for a circular patch of red poppies!

Now that I'd like to see! :-D She could plant a white plant on the outside edges and be very patriotic!

These bluebonnets grow in large spreads on hillsides and fields in TX. I'm just amazed at how well they are growing in what is a desert, the Chihuahuan Desert.

Unfortunately her garden was part of one of the most heavily protected wildlife habitats in the UK so the plants were literally screaming wildlife crime! Interestingly another parallel. Dungeness is one of the driest habitats in the UK. It is on a deep gravel deposit that is very free draining, in the driest part of the UK. So in the summer months the vegetation fries (well relative to other British vegetation). One part of the shingle beach is actually called "The desert" by locals.

There are plants in these deserts that don't germinate until rain comes, no matter how long it takes. All of the desert plants have water conservation built into them; no leaves in times of drought, waxy leaves to retard evaporation, leaves that turn sideways to the sun to retard evaporation, tiny leaves, etc. For the last two months, since we entered Big Bend, we've not seen a blade of grass that is not grown by nature, with no help from man. And any plants people grow are desert plants. Lawns are made of rocks. I very much like it; the spare look suits me.

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