The cacti in the the New World Desert Collection of the UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley are in stunning bloom. How have I missed this in past years? The flowers are gorgeous! All these photos were taken during my visit on Sunday, May 5th, 2013. If you live in the San Francisco area, I recommend heading to the gardens to see these! And, remember, this Friday, May 10th, is National Public Gardens Day. For more information, see my post… This Friday! National Public Gardens Day.
Arizona is a very dry state – the air lacks humidity all the time, it seems, and the average rainfall is sparse. For Tucson, the average annual rainfall is 12.17 inches annually over 30 years. In Phoenix (drier), the average is 8.29 inches of rainfall per year over the last 30 years.
A state average seems rather unimportant as there are two big metropolitan areas (Tucson and Phoenix) and other communities in Southern Arizona (drier yet) and Northern Arizona (wetter yet).
Therefore, taking the average of the two biggest metro areas, the average annual rainfall is 10.23 inches per year over the last 30 years.
Any way you slice it, we live in a desert. So, after a long-winded introduction, I give you pictures that bring great joy to my family, but may seem of little import to you – but it is all we can do not to jump in head first. HAHAHA!
Marigolds and Petunias in the Morning