September In New Mexico


Virginia HawthornEvery state has its State Bird, State Flower, and so on, and if New Mexico had a State Month surely it would be September. The summer heat has tapered off and the sky is as blue as any sky can ever be. If we are fortunate to have a good monsoon season (I’ll say more about this below), as we do this year, the rains will have brought out acres of wild flowers, particularly along the roadsides where water collects. Yellow seems to be the primary color of this early fall season, mainly native sunflowers and chamisa (rabbitbrush), intermixed with asters, and smaller white and orange spots of color from any number of blossoming plants, all accented with the soft plumes of various grasses.

Front garden 

Chamisa, sedums and grasses near the front gate.

Globe Mallow

Globe Mallow blossoms

Last spring when the native sunflowers started appearing everywhere, I was amazed that they were even able to find enough moisture to sprout at all. Between January 1 and July 31 this year, we had less than an inch of rain here at the farm, and yet hundreds of tiny plants popped up and grew rapidly. Since our rainy season started in early August, they have really flourished, some growing to more than 10 feet tall and covered with buds that are now starting to bloom.

10/26/2014 5:06:48 PM

This is another great posting. Keep them coming. (Boy do I need a chile fix ☺)

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