Sunday, March 4, 2018

My sunflower garden this year

Since I am now retired (as of May 1, 2016...), almost 2 years ago, I can no longer to spend outrageous amounts on my garden passion.  Therefore, this year I kept it simple:  I book the sunflower seeds in the birdseed and planted those.  I also have sunflowers coming up from all the dropped and scattered birdseed from the feeders!


And, you should SEE my gorgeous sunflowers out in the back yard!

Here is one photo and I'll be taking more today!

This one opened up the last week of... FEBRUARY! 

Amazing, eh?
~Cheryl Ann~

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

I have a vegetable garden this year!!!

For the first time in over 25 years, I have a REAL vegetable garden!  I'm planing my veggies out in the back, in a nice sunny spot.

So far, I have 3 tomatoes, 3 New Mexico chili peppers, 6 red cabbage, 6 green cabbage, 2 lavender, some alyssum, 1 Swiss chard, and 2 pineapple sage (to attract hummingbirds).  I have sage and basil, also.

HOWEVER, SOMETHING is nibbling on my cabbage plants!  I thought it was a rat, so I go out every late afternoon and cover my plants with plastic bins from the 99 cent store.  I even found 3 for $0.99 at Dollar Tree!  What a find!

I wanted to interplant some herbs with the vegetables in the hopes that they WOULD keep some pests away and they do seem to be doing their job!

I'll update this as things move along...

Monday, October 24, 2016

Daisy macros~Macro Monday~October 24, 2016

I had a single daisy plant that made it through our summer, but ALL of my purple salvia did.  I'm starting to go out now and buy plants for the fall garden.

One morning I went out and took these photos of my daisy.  I LOVE my daisies!

Macro Monday for October 24, 2016.   To visit Macro Monday, please go to:

Photos taken with my old Nikon D40.  It STILL takes the best photos in low light!

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Spring in the desert

Our desert here is EXPLODING with color right now.  It's been several years since I've seen this much color!  Fortunately, my allergies ARE NOT bothering me, but other folks are pretty miserable.

 Lots of cacti blossoms

 Pretty yellow flower
 Palo verde tree
desert verbena

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Garden center

I drove up to our local garden center Sunday morning, since I hadn't been up there for over a month.  I wanted to buy some cosmos and zinnia seeds.  They didn't have any that I wanted.  Instead, they had some strange looking cosmos and NO zinnia seeds.  But, camera in hand, I wandered around and enjoyed seeing all their plants!  :-)

Why can't I grow roses like these?  I've given up on roses.

Saturday, January 9, 2016


These are not my roses.  I simply cannot grow roses.  I've tried and tried over the last 40 years...sigh...
These are at the Palm Desert civic center park.  They had to pull out their old ones and replant them, so these are only a year old...they look pretty tired right now.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

It wasn't all ice at the nursery

Well, it wasn't ALL ice up at our local nursery this week!  I love to find water on pretty!