Sunday, March 22, 2015

Cholla cactus bloom

I thought I would do something a little different this week.  This is a cholla cactus bloom.  You have to be careful where you step because those barbs will attach themselves to whatever they can find!  One time we stopped in Lone Pine, at the visitors' center.  Fortunately I was wearing socks and tennis shoes because I got 3 of them stuck to my shoes and I was carefully watching where I put my feet!  You cannot pull them off with your hands...you have to use a comb or something hard.  Dogs step on them, too.  They get caught in horses' tails.  Ugh.  One time, at the Superstition Mountains museum, I looked over at a cholla and there was a dead bird in it!  But, some birds DO make their nests in this cactus because it WILL keep away snakes and other predators.  While their blossoms are beautiful, beware of them!   Enjoy their beauty, but stay AWAY~!

Friday, March 13, 2015

Flowers by my fence~Good Fences~031315

More of the flowers out front by my fence are blooming now.  I can't wait until that entire area is covered with them!  To visit more fences, please go to:   http://run-a-roundranch.blogspot.com/

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Roses, roses, and more roses~~Today's Flowers~030815

I don't have any roses in my yard.  I've tried to grow them for 30 years, to no avail.  My parents had gorgeous roses, but I've managed to kill every rose I've ever planted.  Yes, that includes bare root, container, and transplants.  EVERY SINGLE ONE!  My neighbors have beautiful roses, but, alas, I simply don't have the ability to grow any.

So, I always love to see beautiful roses, like these, at our neighborhood nursery.  They were kind enough to allow me to prowl around a couple of weeks ago with my camera and take photos of their container roses.  There were so many varieties and color!  I nearly caved in and bought one, but I withstood the temptation.  Others will have to grow roses.

So, ENJOY!   :-)  Please go to:  http://flowersfromtoday.blogspot.com/ to enjoy more beautiful flowers.







Sunday, February 22, 2015

Today's Flowers ~ Daisies~ 022215

I planted some daisies out front in my garden, next to the lavender.  I went back last weekend and bought 2 different kinds of lavender, but their blossoms are quickly fading.  The daisies, however, are still in full bloom.  I love their cheerfulness, don't you?  Today's Flowers for February 22, 2015.  Here's the link:   http://flowersfromtoday.blogspot.com/

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Garden update 021515

I've been busy working on my garden this year.  Last year, I didn't even have a garden.  I didn't even plant sweet peas.  I was either too sick or too tired to plant anything.  And, with the drought, we all cut back on our water use.

My total water bill is only $20.00 per month.  It is expected to rise with the continued drought here in California, however.  And, this year, I DO have a garden.

I have a sunny area on the wooden fence between us and our neighbor, so I've planted California poppies, cosmos, and sunflowers along that fence.

Then, in the front yard, I went to Lowe's and Home Depot and I bought lavender, daisies, snapdragons, stock, phlox, and some kind of Tacoma stans which is orange.  From my neighborhood nursery, which is more expensive, I've bought 2 kinds of verbena, 1 jasmine, and various seed packets.  I now have zinnias, chocolate flower, butterfly flower, and Rudbeckia, as well as Tithonia seeds to plant.

So, here's what I have so far:




 Damn cat wandered into my photo!  He likes to drink in the garden, as do the birds.  The birds just ignore him.  He's 17 years old and senile and they all laugh at him!


 I LOVE lavender.  I'm going to plant it every year from now on!
 I love my daisies!  They are so sunny and cheerful!

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Lavender in my garden~Today's Flowers`020815

I have 4 lavender bushes that I purchased here in town.  They are out in my garden and I often see bees and even hummingbirds enjoying them.  I LOVE to go out early in the morning or in the afternoon and take photos of them.  This is the first time I've ever planted lavender and I believe that from now on, I'll have some in my garden!  I'm enjoying the lavender also.  I love how the sunlight hits them at different times of the day.  Today's Flowers for February 8, 2015.  Here's the link for Today's Flowers:   http://flowersfromtoday.blogspot.com/



Friday, January 9, 2015

Winter garden~January 2015

I'm planting my winter garden and I'm also planting some wildflower mixtures.  American Gardens has a bee mixture, a butterfly mixture, and a songbird mixture, so I planted one of each.  Today I went and bought their California flower mixture, so hopefully, in about 6 weeks, I'll see some results.

In the meantime, I've filled in some spaces with some colorful lavender, phlox, alyssum, and a couple of types of sylvia for the little hummingbirds who come to my feeders throughout the day.  They really are enjoying the shrubs!

I snapped my camera just as this dove came in for a landing!