We aren't botanists, but we strive for botanical accuracy in our flower designs. It's a tricky business when you're dealing with slightly obscure flowers. So imagine our delight/horror/gratitude when a customer DM'd us about an inaccuracy in one of our designs! [Gasp!] [...]
If I asked you to describe Encelia farinosa anatomy, where would you start? [Waiting for a response...] Ah! Compound flowers you say? That's indeed a good starting point. So, what is a compound flower and what is the opposite of a compound [...]
The Desert Five Spot (Eremalche rotundifolia) is an interesting flower. Besides its distinctive markings, which lends it its common name, when it's fully opened, it's shaped like a globe. In that sense, it's like the Desert Mallow. Desert Five Spots (Eremalche [...]
Another little desert beauty: Ditaxis lanceolata. If you see a small plant with slender, lanceolate-shaped, hairy leaves, take a closer look. The flower is small and white and almost gets lost nestled in the fuzzy, white hairs. We usually find Ditaxis in [...]
Gilias are some of my favorite flowers in the desert. They are so tiny and perfectly formed. I love looking at the blue anthers (what I called "pom-poms" for the longest time). I'm not sure what species of gilia this is, as [...]
This was originally published as The Princess and the Bee when we first photographed it. The Ghost Flower (Mohavea confertiflora) mimcs another flower, the Sand Blazing Star, to attract pollinators such as the Xeralictus bee, a native bee. Who needs to produce [...]
This Snapdragon (Antirrhinum filipes) was a rare find! Found by our botanist friend, Colin, along the first loop of the Randall Henderson Trail at the Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument (that is quite the mouthful...). A beautiful and dainty [...]
Our local botanist friend took us to a location where Desert five-spot (Eremalche rotundifolia) grows. We found a number of plants, but none of them were open...yet. We've gone back twice only to discover that the flowers close at night and open [...]
Ah, Sweetbush (Bebbia juncea). I'm not sure how it got its name, but it is a very sweet smelling flower. It's bushy with lots of thin stalks and deep yellow-colored inflorescence at the tip. Apparently, a favorite food of chuckwallas!
Plantago ovata is probably most famous as a common source of psyllium, a dietary fiber. But you can find the native variety throughout the desert. It's a beautiful little plant with velvety leaves and slender stalks with a cluster of inflorescence at [...]
An overview of Burro Bush (Ambrosia dumosa). A staple here in the desert and often times overlooked. When you rub the leaves of Burro Bush between your fingers, get ready for a wonderful, slightly pineapple-y scent surprise!
A classic shot of sand verbena (Abronia villosa) growing by the road. As its name suggests, it grows in sand! And the smell is AMAZING!!! When you come across a cluster of them, the flowers perfume the air.
We went to Coachella Valley Preserve looking for Loeseliastrum schottii and Desert Five Spot when we spotted this little guy: Erodium texanum. While the leaves have beautiful detail, it was the "inside" of the flower that caught our eye. A super sexy [...]
Low lighting conditions are always fun... and today was no exception! All clouds all the time made this little Loeseliastrum schottii as vivid as could be! Focus stacking does a pretty good job. However, I wonder if there's any way to fine tune [...]
The third botanical illustration features Indigo Bush, Psorothamnus schottii. This design was tricky in terms of color. It's difficult to capture the blue-purple of the Indigo Bush flower. It's even more difficult to print the color in CMYK! And depending on the [...]