Spring is a wonderful time to experience the array of colorful deser blooms. Seasonal favorites include vibrant creosote flowers and desert Marigolds–often growing trailside and near highways. Taking a neighborhood walk is a great way to absorb the Spring color palette of the desert, and if found materials are abundant, a free and easy way to forage a wild boquet. Keep an eye out for chuparosa, penstemon and brittlebush.
As you plan your outing, pick a time when the weather is cooler and, of course, don’t forget to wear appropriate clothing and sunblock. Bring water and snacks depending on how far you plan to venture out and a bag or basket to carry what you gather. Look for different natural items for your bouquet–sticks, seedpods, leaf stalks, tall grasses and other natural elements. While you’re free to take small cuttings from plants in your own backyard, remember to avoid taking cuttings from plants in parks and other public areas so the public can enjoy them. Alternatively, look for fallen stalks and blooms in those spaces.
Once you’ve gathered your natural elements, start to make your bouquet. Play around with arranging the different colors and shapes of the natural objects you have selected. You can then tie them up with a nice bow and ‘gift them’ to someone special or place them in a vase to enjoy.
Don’t forget to share your final foraged bouquets with the Garden by tagging #dbgphx.