After wrestling with this desert climate for a year (this climate is formidable!), I am beginning to learn what flowers and plants do well here. I went to Lowe's. That's the only "garden center" around here. They had a so-so selection of spring plants. Nothing that would compare to the real garden centers back east, because not a lot of showy annuals grow here even with irrigation. When the temperature hits 100 or more and stays that way for 120 days most flowers give up. I purchased purple and yellow pansies. The pansies will do well until mid-April. The petunias I bought will stop flowering in June. I got some soil to put in a vegetable garden. My husband built me a raised bed to plant my vegetable seeds. I will plant spinach, chard, lettuce, radishes, carrots and later put in tomato and pepper plants. A salad garden. I will plant the first seeds today. Maybe nurturing some seedlings will provide some anchoring to this place.