Things to notice:

Follow wildflower reports for desert blooms of poppies, lupine, and owl clover that blanket the Sonoran and Mojave Deserts with color.

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Try to follow the aerial acrobatics of hummingbirds and you just may locate their nest. Hummingbirds will lay more than one brood of eggs in a season, and they will return year after year to rebuild their nest or create a new one nearby.

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Many bats are returning to the Southwest from their wintering spots now that insects are more plentiful to eat. Look for them at dusk.

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Check your night skies for the Lyrid Meteor showers. The Lyrids tend to be bright and often leave trails, making them perfect shooting stars to wish upon!

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“The earth laughs in flowers.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson

Things to do:

It’s planting time for warm weather crops like tomatoes, peppers and summer squash. Add cactus and succulents, citrus and palms to your landscape.

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Plant herbs when night temperatures stay above 50° F.

 

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Adjust your irrigation clocks to begin increasing water frequency.

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Fertilize your shrubs.

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Stop watering winter annual wildflowers, and collect the seeds.