a project by lisa burford™

what's blooming

Brittlebush (Encelia farinosa) native plant
Feathery Cassia (Cassia artemisiodes) Australia
Desert globemallow (Sphaeralcea ambigua) native plant
Gopher Plant (Euphorbia rigida) Mediterranean Middle Eastern
Silver Torch (Cleistocactus strausii)cactus
Rosemary (Salvia rosmarinus) Mediterranean
Desert Marigold (Baileya multiradiata) native plant

the gardens

native plants

This is the most important focus of the Mojave Garden. We try to plant as many native plants as we can. While we do have focused areas where there are only Mojave Desert natives, they are also planted throughout the other gardens as well.

Some of the native plants found in the Mojave Garden are: Joshua Trees, Mojave Yucca, Creosote, Rabbitbrush, Quail Bush, Desert Milkweed, Cat's Tongue, Brittlebush, Smoke Trees, Desert Globemallow, Echinocereus engelmannii (hedgehog cactus), Chuparosa, Palo Verdes, Desert Marigolds, Cylindropuntia echinocarpa (silver cholla), Opuntia basilaris var. basilaris (beavertail pricklypear), Graythorn, Desert Chia Sage, Ocotillo, Washingtonia filifera, Desert Chicory, Coyote Melon, White Sage, Desert Senna, Four Wing Saltbush, Desert Willow, Paperbag Bush, Datura, Desert Parsley, Desert Dandelion, Desert Primrose, and a variety of desert wildflowers that bloom in Spring and Summer.


The Veggie Garden is where we grow our vegetables and herbs. Originally an in-ground 3 bed garden, the 2020 veggie patch has moved into a full patio container garden.

The following seeds have been sown for the Spring veggie garden on 1.14.20: Punta Banda tomatoes, California Wonder sweet peppers, Sinahuisa Chile peppers, Dwarf Siberian kale, Bloomsdale spinach, Cherry Belle radish, White Sweet Spanish onion, Scarlet Nantes carrot, Dragon carrot, Detroit Red beet, Chiggia beet, Parsley, Corrales Azafrán, and Guarijio Conivari.

The following seeds have sprouted: Cherry Belle radish 1.21.20, Dwarf Siberian kale 1.26.20, and Scarlet Nantes carrot 2.9.20.


The edible fruit bearing plants growing in Mojave Garden are: Wonderful Pomegranates, Jujube, Plum, Brown Turkey Fig, Assorted Pricklypear, Thompson Seedless Grape, Blueberry bush, and Raspberry bush. We have tried other trees, but they did not survive because of our in our desert soil, our colder winters, or our low-watering methods.

cacti & succulents

Perhaps the garden with the most variety, some of the cacti and succulents we have growing are: Opuntia microdasys (Bunny ear), Devil's Tongue, Saguaro, String of Bananas, Spruce Cone Cholla, Tephrocactus articulatus (Paper Spine), Golden Barrels, Opuntia Snow, Opuntia rhondatha 'Snowball', String of Pearls, Jade, Elephant's Food, many agaves and aloes, Peanut cactus, San Pedro, and Santa Rita.


Silver Torch Cactus with FlowersBloom and Leafing Report

March 7, 2020

article native plant cacti and succulents drought tolerant orchard

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Water Wednesdays

Most Wednesdays Spring through Summer, Occasionally During the Winter Months

Watch our Instagram Stories for the relaxing task of watering the plants.


Four-Wing Saltbush

Four-Wing Saltbush Flower Bracts

November 24, 2019

native plant

A few weeks ago the four-wing saltbush (Atriplex canescens) started its beautiful show of flower bracts. The flowers have a shape that reminds me of the origami fortune tellers we used to make in grade school / junior high. This desert native is one of Sean’s favorite desert plants!

Jalapeños and Solar Fire Tomato

Jalapeños and Solar Fire Tomato

November 3, 2019

vegetable garden

We had freeze warnings this past week so I harvested the last of the veggies that were still growing. Time to start planning next year’s veggies!

Brown Turkey Figs

This week’s figs.

August 2, 2019


Brown Turkey Figs

July Fig

July 28, 2019


First ripe fig of the season (that the humans got to eat!).

Jujube fruits

First Sign of Jujube Fruits

June 22, 2019


Jujube fruits are coming in!

Plum Fruits

Plum Snacks for All!

June 7, 2019


We’ve been snacking on ripened plums this week, but the birds have now discovered them too!

Peanut Cactus Flowers

Peanut Cactus Flowers

May 30, 2019

cacti and succulents

Bloom after bloom on this Peanut cactus.

Pomegranate Flower

Pomegranate Flower

April 30, 2019



Plum Progress

April 30, 2019