Ever since moving to Colorado from Michigan, over 7 years ago now, I have marveled at the different plant life that grows here. I really love cactus roses that bloom in a multitude of colors in the spring and summertime; they are so beautiful and painful at the same time. I see them while I am hiking quite often and snap photos each time! Many of the flowers here have some sort of defense mechanism that allows them to survive in the desert climate. The cactus just lays dormant all winter, and in the spring plumps up and starts growing again.
My garden here is very different too; I can plant as early as February here and I can almost grow all winter! The sun is intense and really gets the little seedlings to grow and grow! But the soil is not as rich and dark; and fertilizing is a necessity. This year we planted our cold weather veggies a little late in March; I am hoping to harvest them in early summer and then re-plant in August for a second harvest in late 2010.