Sunday, April 12, 2015

When Nature Does The Landscaping...

We recently drove out to California, to catch a ship to Hawaii.
We like road trips.

Just outside Tucson, AZ, is Saguaro National Park.

Nature does the landscape job there.
And, a good job it is.


I love Ocotillo.

Wonder just how old these guys are.  It takes years, before they put on an arm.

PURPLE Cholla!

We should have stood beside this guy, for scale.  It's six feet tall....

So pretty...don't know what it is.

If you get the chance, it's worth seeing this 'garden'.

Happy Gardening...

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Yes...We've Been Away....

It's been along time, since we last met.

Last time, I showed you some nice new growth in the garden.
I was worried it was coming out too early.
I was right.

While we were gone, we had some cold weather.
How cold, I don't know.  But, it burned back things that had made it through
24 degree mornings in winter.

Where were we?

Well...headed west.  We had lovely weather that first

Saguaro National Park, Tuscon, AZ

But, we soon came out into the sun.
We were taking our time, getting to our destination...
seeing places we'd never seen before.

Closer and closer....the Pacific awaits us.

I just happened to look out the hotel window, as our ship came in.

We boarded and sailed away to Hawaii.

I'll have more on that later.

Meanwhile, back at home, the weeds and rye grass were getting a good hold.
The joys of living on a golf course.

I'm making some progress.  It's slow going.  There is a lot of grass.

But, I think Spring has sprung.
Time for new beginnings, in the garden.

Life is good.

Hope all is good where you are, too.

Happy Gardening...

Monday, February 16, 2015

February Foliage Follow-Up...

Seems I've been neglecting this blog lately.

It's already the middle of February!

Time to join in with 
Pam at Digging,
Foliage Follow-Up.

Gold Dust Acuba

It was warm and overcast yesterday.  I got out and did some trimming.
I should have taken my photos then.  It's 30 degrees colder today.

Japanese Aralia

We're due for some freezing weather the next few days.
It just can't make up it's mind.

Japanese Holly Fern

It's been an interesting winter.

Asparagus Fern

Even though we've had lows in the low 20s a couple times this winter,
there are things that haven't gotten frozen back like usual.

Ruellia brittoniana

The Ruellia, for instance.  Very strange.

Purple Heart

And, things already peeking their heads out.

Plumbago auriculata

Canna lily

That makes me nervous.  Too early could mean things bitten back, and not recovering.

Dusty Miller


Softleaf Yucca

Some things just never seem bothered.
Guess I should try to protect some things this week, though.

One good thing...we've had more rain this winter.

I took these photos of the creek a couple weeks ago.

It's not flowing as much now.  We could use some more rain.

But, it is flowing.  I love to hear that sound.

This water helps the wildlife.  The frogs are enjoying it.
They sing their songs for us to enjoy, as we sit on the permitting.

So, that's what's happening in the garden here.
Be sure to visit Pam, for more February foliage.

Happy Gardening...

Monday, January 19, 2015

Catching Up...A Little...

Here it is past the middle of January, already.

Hope you all had great holidays.  We did.

Many mornings here have been cold and frosty..
Some rain and fog...moisture we really need.

But, makes you want to stay inside and stay warm.

I haven't been doing ANYTHING in the garden.
There are things that need to be done.  But, cold and no energy have kept me inside.

Plus...we've been 'downsizing' some of our stuff.

So, bags and bags of things are being donated.
Somebody can use it.

We celebrated this beautiful girl's birthday, just the other night.
Hard to believe she's so grown up.
Where does the time go?

And, remember this guy?

Well...tomorrow he has a BIG birthday, too.
Mine won't be until the end of October.
Then, in November, we have a BIG anniversary.

So, we're just going to celebrate the whole year.
Our 'dance card' is filling up fast....several trips and celebrations.
I think maybe we're trying to cram it all in,
while we still can.

Not sure what that will do to the garden.
Less time to work.
Depending on others to keep an eye on things.

Thank goodness for native plants.
We even have some the pesky deer don't eat.

So, I'll leave you with this view.
Yes, you've seen it before.  But, it hasn't changed much...maybe a bit
more rye grass, from the the golf course.

I'm off to do more cleaning out.
Maybe, I'll even get some freeze damage cut back in the garden, too.

Stay warm...

Happy Gardening...