a project by lisa burford™

what's blooming

Sacred Datura (Datura wrightii) Desert Plant
Desert Willow (Chilopsis linearis) Southwestern native plant
Canna lily (Canna indica)South America, Central America, the West Indies, & Mexico

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 or have already sprouted for the Spring veggie garden: 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, Sweet Corn, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and Guarijio Conivari.


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.


Finger Aloe FlowersFinger Aloe Flowers

July 17, 2020

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Silver Torch Cactus with FlowersBloom and Leafing Report

March 7, 2020

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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.


Mourning Dove eggs

Sean found the one and only Easter egg!

April 12, 2020


(There could be another tomorrow.)

Plums are growing

Plums are growing.

April 3, 2020


Devil’s Tongue Flower Progress

Devil’s Tongue Flower Progress

March 14, 2020

cacti and succulents

This Devil’s Tongue (ferocactus latispinus) has been growing this flower since last October. In the last month, we’ve seen it grow much taller. Any predictions as to when it’ll actually bloom?

Plum Tree blossoms

We’ve got blooms!

March 7, 2020


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!