In the Garden

We have been so enjoying the spring here in our yard with the trees, shrubs, and cacti blossoming profusely.  Thought I might take a few pics and share the beauty of the Sonoran Desert.

Our Palo Brea trees in the front and back yard were just full of golden blossoms.  We can hardly believe how quickly the tree on the bottom right has grown since planted a couple of years ago.  Rick has trimmed it a couple of times this year
and still continues to spread.

Our Baja Fairy Duster recovered from some winter frost and is blossoming beautifully.  It strongly attracts hummingbirds and butterfies, and yesterday we saw two hummingbirds feeding on it’s duster-like flowers.

Our Imperial Blue Cape Plumbago, a South African native,  just started blossoming this week.  I love the sea of blue flowers it adds to our backyard landscape.

I think I would like to plant a BANDANA®
Cherry Sunrise Lantana for contrast next
to it this year.

Our Mexican Petuna just took over our under the tree area, so Rick cut it back and it is starting to blossom again.  Still have a bit of work to transplant some of it to another needful space in our yard.

This cane or walking stick cholla (cho-ya) cactus is blooming for the first time since it was planted last year.  What a beautiful surprise!

The Cow’s Tongue Prickly Pear (left) planted in our front yard by our neighbor is becoming quite over sized and falling over.  We did take a good large piece to start a Cactus garden on the left side walkway of our house.   The heart-shaped beaver tail prickly pear cactus is from our neighbors front yard and she was kind enough to share some with us to put into our new cactus garden.

This is a Spruce Cone Cholla that needs some attention in our front yard.  Parts have broken off and started rooting.  Need to clean it up and replant some in the side-yard
cactus garden.  Perhaps tomorrow before sun up!

This Feather Cassia was way overgrown and woody and Rick cut it back.  It is looking so much better.  The pic on the right is what it looks like in full bloom.
It’s blooms are very fragrant. Sorry for the unsightly cloth in the background,
Rick is working on the irrigation system…something always needing attention in this hot, dry Arizona climate.

The Arabian Jasmine took a nasty hit from our winter freeze but seems to be recovering nicely.  Just starting to produce it’s intensely fragrant white flowers.

The Meyer Improved Lemon tree that we planted last year is coming along nicely.  This tree is said to be drought tolerant so we shall see.  Should see some blooms between June and August, can’t wait.

Coming from Central New York State, I found Arizona gardening to be a bit challenging…not hard, but just different.  Learning what to grow, when to grow, when to cut back and prune, and fertilize has been a process!  I am learning! I am so thankful for so many online resources such as “Low Desert Gardener,” “AZ Plant Lady” and “The Garden Guy.”

Enjoying Spring in AZ,
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Pinterest Pin Now a Reality!

This data-base-of-intentions pin became reality!  I thought I might like to try this, and by accident I did.  I went to my pantry to get a sweet potato to make for lunch, and they had already sprouted.  So I did as this pin suggested and placed them in jars of water.  To my surprise in just a few days they were growing roots!  Check out the pics below!  Yes, I did it.  Thanks, Pinterest!
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Now, I can’t wait to get them planted!

Have a blessed day,

Favorite Pins Friday

So, I am addicted to Pinterest!

Pinterest is what I do from 3:30-4:00 a.m. until 5 a.m. while the rest of the world sleeps. Perhaps Pinterest is an aging-process perk!  Below are a few of my favorite pins for this week.

Lots of free Silhouette cutting files and printables on Pam’s blog, Get Silvered.
You’ll want to stop by and download some amazing files.

Lots of free digital downloads from The Cottage Market

Still too hot in Arizona to do a lot of cooking, so I love this crock pot chicken idea.
I did try this, and it was delicious!  Check this recipe out here.

Still trying to figure out how to garden in Arizona.  Love this great spreadsheet at Pulling Curls.  I can use all the help I can get.  Now waiting for the weather to cool down so I get moving on doing some landscaping and gardening.

Love this idea.  Thinking I might be able to do this with my Silhouette Cameo,
cutting it out of black or white vinyl.   Idea from here.

Have an inspiring day,


Fairy Duster in bloom!

Peaked out the back door this morning to see this Fairy Duster in full bloom with its bright red flowers.   Monsoon rains help bring forth the blossoms on our Baja Fairy Duster .  It is a very drought tolerate plant so works well in our low desert yard.  When I went to photograph it this morning, I discovered that it was covered with bees.   It is one of the top 10 shrubs listed for pollinating.  Its blossoms do resemble something a tidy fairy might use for dusting and it blooms year around in the low desert, taking a timeout only when temperatures drop into freezing.  It attracts bees, butterflies, hummingbirds and songbirds.





Gathering Landscaping Ideas

It has been much to hot to work outside with Arizona temps in the 100’s.  So thought I stay in the cool of the house and check out some landscaping ideas.  I just love this idea and not just sure how the wooden framework would work here with the excessive heat and wood loving termites.  Perhaps a metal form of this would work.  Will have to make a trip to Lowe’s or Home Depot to see what is available.  I like the “Bio-friendly garden” idea.  Check back to see what I come up with!