Every Plant and Rock Holds the Secret of Desert Wildflowers
In the desert there are secret treasures waiting to be discovered like a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. Tucked away between mysterious geologic formations and barrel cactus the sunbaked hills tell the secret of desert wildflowers if you listen closely.
It’s a best kept secret that only the locals – such as the lizards and crooked-spine Yucca can tell.
A wildflower is “A flower of an uncultivated variety or a flower growing freely without human intervention.” By this definition, every plant in the desert should be a wildflower.
How these delicate creatures thrive among scorched rocks and bleached sand with barely a drop of water each year is a mystery. It’s no wonder that a Superbloom can unleash millions of seeds lying dormant for years.
If you take the time to stoop low enough to see eye-to-eye with these silent beauties you will hear them say: we wish to live another day just to sizzle with the sun.
Muted earthy tones contrast with vibrant colors that flash like Las Vegas lights.
Once bloomed and baked, desert wildflowers become ghostly wisps the color of sepia and ivory. Delicately suspended and facing the sun, they wait to be delivered to the heavens.
These precious beings will turn their souls inside out to share their secret of desert wildflowers. It is the warmth of the sun, breath of the sky, rocks and dirt, and few drops of water now and then. It is a simple cycle forever in the here and now. Bloom, bake, return and repeat.
Author: Kathryn Thomsen
Founder of Hundredgivers, a nonprofit supporting and accelerating sustainability initiatives benefiting local and global communities. Kathryn is a social entrepreneur, consultant, researcher, writer and urban farmer. She collaborates with individuals, organizations, and businesses to develop climate change solutions, clean energy, and sustainability strategies and programs.