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April 24th, 2012 by Betty Ross


The Bird Garden is a popular spot for Quail in the morning. We are watching for the baby Quail, coming soon!






It’s that time of the year again! The Hooded Oriole is back.

Only for a short time, just passing through.










Our Penstemon is on it’s second bloom. Our bunnies cut the stalks down and now we have new blossoms! Never happened here before, humming birds are loving it!





Edible Flowers

March 21st, 2012 by Betty Ross



Flowers may not be the first ingredient you think of when garnishing a dish, but they’re perfect for adding bright color — not to mention flavor — to a host of sweet and savory recipes.

The flowers I use to garnish a dish are from my own garden. The Nasturtiums I use for some of my egg dishes give a nice peppery flavor. The Pansy or Violet go well with fruit.

You can often buy edible flowers in the produce section of a grocery store and gourmet market. Do not eat flowers from a florist, they may have pesticides on them.



I have had a guest requests salad for breakfast, which I was happy to accommodate. Some folks just love their veggies!






We serve Cactus Jams, Jelly’s & Syrup for breakfast at Desert Dove. We have a small gift center where we sell these items along with our cookbook “Betty’s Favorite Recipes”






The fruits of most prickly pears are edible and sold in stores under the name “tuna.” Prickly pear branches (the pads) are also cooked and eaten as a vegetable. They, too, are sold in stores under the name “Nopalito.” Because of the glochids, great care is required when harvesting or preparing prickly pear cactus. Both fruits and pads of the prickly pear cactus are rich in slowly absorbed soluble fibers that may help keep blood sugar stable.


Prickly Pear Products

Tucson Birds

October 4th, 2011 by Betty Ross

Although Tucson is bordered by outstanding natural areas such as Saguaro National Park and the Coronado National Forest, you need not leave the city to see a variety of typical desert birds. 
  Here at Desert Dove Bed and Breakfast you will see these beautiful cardinals. They are at the feeder every morning and throughout the day. The blaze of red color is a wonderful contrast to the sage green of the desert. Check out our birds photo gallery page to see many more desert bird. The photos were taken by John & Maggie Turner while staying at Desert Dove Bed & Breakfast.

Below is a list of birds seen by our guests while at Desert Dove Bed & Breakfast:

Gambel Quail, White-winged Dove, Morning Dove, Inca Dove, Roadrunner, Say’s Phoebe, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna’s Hummingbird, Flicker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Gila Woodpecker, Ash-throated Flycatcher, Western Kingbird, Cactus Wren, Curved Bill Thrasher, Northern Mockingbird, Phainopepla , Lucy’s Warbler, Black-headed Grosbeak, Pyrrhuloxia, Northern Cardinal, Chipping Sparrow, White Crowned Sparrow, House Sparrow, Black-throated Sparrow, Hooded Oriole, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Goldfinch, House Finch, Cooper’s Hawk, Elf Owl, Great Horned Owl and the Brown Bat, to name a few.

We have 4 acres to roam about and two garden areas for bird watching. Or you may wish to enjoy your morning coffee under the covered porch close to the hummingbird feeders.



Desert Dove B&B Featured in National Magazine!

September 21st, 2011 by Betty Ross

We’re proud to announce that Desert Dove Bed and Breakfast has been featured in Small Gardens Magazine. We’re featured among 4 other “Must-see B&B Gardens”. Enjoy an portion of the article:

“Nestled on four acres in the foodhills of the Rincon Mountains, Desert Dove Bed and Breakfast is a true desert garden. Wildflowers and cacti grow wild throughout the property. A “living fence of Ocotilla cactus surrounds the inn’s maintained sitting gardens. Radiant during winter months, Desert Dove has been recognized for its gardens by readers of Arrington’s Bed and Breakfast Journal.”