Beautiful Flowers are Sometimes Toxic

    A night-blooming Sacred Datura¬†(Datura wrightii) trumpet flower starting to uncurl is a beautiful thing, but the plant is also a toxic hallucinogen. It’s in the nightshade family, along with tomatoes, potatoes and eggplant, but unlike those, is not edible. Sphinx and Hawk moths are common pollinators of the plant. To learn more about […]

Apples On The Way?

I planted my first apple trees last April. They are still sweet little four-foot popsicles, but apparently they like¬†where I planted them because they started budding¬†a few weeks ago and are now in full bloom. It isn’t officially spring, but it is in Tucson – and the varieties I planted (Dorsett Golden and Anna) are […]

Valentine’s Day – A Day of Love

It’s Valentine’s Day, but this¬†day is not just for sweethearts. It is a celebration of love –¬†for¬†all who have a heart to give and receive love. May you share your love and accept love back on this and all days. http://www.MarthaLochertPhotography.com Image copyrighted. Use requires licensing from Martha Lochert.

Post-Election Beauty Moment

This election has been ugly and divisive. Others have been. Others will be. Social media allowed everyone to be a campaigner and push their opinions, and mis-information, which made it all the more ugly. Certain individuals felt they could somehow sway their “friends” by name calling, and basically, insulting their intelligence. Others voiced their opinions […]

Columbine Beauty Moment

Columbine (Aquilegia) growing by an aspen tree in southwest Colorado. The blue columbine, also referred to as the Rocky Mountain Columbine-White and Lavender species, is the state flower in Colorado, but the genus includes 60-70 species of high-altitude-loving perennials. http://www.MarthaLochertPhotography.com Image copyrighted. Any use requires licensing from Martha Lochert.

Mountain Harebell

Summer wildflowers abound in Colorado. Some of the flowers are the same as we see in southern Arizona, but ours burn¬†out by the beginning of May, since we are so much hotter, while the ones in Colorado are at their best in summer and into the fall. This is a Campanula routundiforia¬†(Mountain Harebell). It grows […]

Happy in the Heat

Dianthus barbatus, or “Sweet William” is part of a genus of 300 species, which includes¬†carnations. Sweet Williams are short-lived perennials which were first noted in the English botanist John Gerald’s garden catalog in 1596, but Dianthus are native to southern Europe and parts of Asia. I like growing Dianthus because they are pretty hardy through […]

Globe Mallow

Globe Mallow (Sphaeralcea)¬†is a perennial desert wildflower that¬†grows from one to three feet high in dry, rocky and sandy soils up to 3500 ft. in elevation and blooms throughout the spring, summer and fall. http://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=SPAM2 It produces a steady supply of pollen to honey bees and other insects, but according to the United States Forest […]

Spring Will Be Here Soon!

Even though it’s warm¬†and the wildflowers¬†are already showing their faces here in southern Arizona, people¬†in the northeast¬†are experiencing¬†something quite different. Don’t worry, my friends, winter is almost done and spring¬†is just around the corner for you too. Look at this and envision the warm rays on your skin. Image copyrighted. Any use requires licensing from […]

Prairie Smoke

Prairie Smoke (Gerum triforum), sometimes referred to as Old Man’s Whiskers, is a perennial wildflower. It get’s it’s name because after the flowers fade and the seeds form, long smoke-like seed tails become visible. I found this one growing in the Rocky Mountains near Ward, Colorado. It is in its pre-flower stage. Image copyrighted. Use […]

Little High-Country Jewels

  Yellow Stonecrop (Amerosedum lanceolatum) is a drought tolerant perennial which lives in the western half of North America¬†at elevations from 5,000 ft. to 11,500 ft. As the name implies (sedum” from the latin “sedo” meaning “to sit,”), the plant likes to live (“sit”) on rocks or gravely¬†well-drained ground. I came across these in northern […]

Easter Bonnets for your Easter Sunday

This image I created of some wildflowers seemed appropriate to post today, seeing as how they are called White Easter Bonnets. Have a wonderful day! Image copyrighted. Any use requires licensing from Martha Lochert. http://www.MarthaLochertPhotography.com

Prickly Rose

I recently returned from a two-week camping trip through Western Colorado. Several areas, including the Golden Gate Canyon State Park northeast of Idaho Springs, and along state route 36 between Estes Park and Lyons, are home to Prickly Rose shrubs, in addition to the many varieties of conifers, Aspen and Birch trees. The Prickly Rose […]

Japanesque Desert

The dried flowers of a yucca silhouetted against the Tucson sky was the base for this Japanese-inspired art piece. Simplicity of form and the interplay of negative and positive space make this a satisfying image for me. Image copyrighted. Any use requires licensing from Martha Lochert http://www.MarthaLochertPhotography.com