I am a lover of horticulture, gardening and the environment. At age 8, I sent away for a package of Zinnia seeds for 10 cents and I've been hooked ever since. After 25 years of being self-employed, I retired. That only lasted 4 years and I now work in a water conservation program: I buy grass from homeowners who are willing to convert to desert landscaping and lose that thirsty green stuff. I pursue what interests me and you can blame my sister for getting me into this blogging thing.

Thursday, May 04, 2006

My beautiful garden

You can probably tell that I LOVE spring.

The earth is renewing itself. I went home for lunch today and noticed one of my bird of paradise plants outdoing itself. I wanted to share my pictures with my blog friends.
This one is the yellow bird sometimes called Mexican bird of paradise. This is a particularly nice specimen.

The pink flower is called a penstemmon and it is a native plant. The purple shrub behind it is called desert sage. I am the envy of all my Master Gardener friends because of that plant. Off to the right is gopher weed, I don't know if it keeps gophers out, we don't have any so maybe it does work.

The last picture shows the native beavertail cactus blooming. The magenta flowers are a show stopper. Off to the right of the cactus is dogweed. I have no idea why it's called that but it blooms prolifically for about 9 months, it dies, you pull out the plants and next spring there are hundreds of little dogweeds. Some people call it invasive but I love it. Anything pretty that wants to volunteer in my yard is welcome!


Blogger Gary said...

Great pictures. Thanks. I think invasive is a VERY broad term. Many things are invasive but only under the right conditions. Many others are invasive but easy to control. It 's all a matter of degree.

May 05, 2006 9:03 AM  
Blogger bornfool said...

Beautiful Mrs.G. You are so talented and knowledgeable.

Hey, I was in Vegas over the weekend.

May 05, 2006 9:29 AM  
Blogger Celina said...

Wow! Your pics are beautiful! I was referred to you by Gary (Views from my garden) for a sort-of garden question. Okay, so I have this cactus (I think it's a prickley pear). I "picked it" in New Mexico maybe 10 years ago, and have it planted in a plastic planter on my porch. Oh yeah, I live in Mississippi. :) Somehow the cactus has survived, and thrived. But, the pot is showing it's age, and I'd really like to replant. What advice can you give me on:
Type of pot to plant in, what soil do I need, how can I do this with the least amount of PAIN (my biggest concern), and is it okay to remove the "pieces" of the cactus that are brown & yukky (or are they like this b/c of all the moisture)? Tomorrow I will put a pic of it on my blog, if that would help you "assess the situation." I would really appreciate your help, as this cactus is very near & dear to me, and I'd like to provide it with the best possible conditions!

May 05, 2006 9:58 AM  
Blogger Abandoned in Pasadena said...

Your garden pictures are beautiful and I get inspired just looking at them. I have spent two days digging in the soil and loving every minute of it.

We have prickly pear cactus in Kentucky and they survive the winter weather nicely. They don't get as big as the ones out West because, they die off each winter, but they return in the spring.

May 05, 2006 8:46 PM  
Blogger Alipurr said...

Beautiful. I, too, find myself taking pictures of my garden to share with blog friends. You are so much better than I am at posting pictures....mine are all to be seen someday...

May 10, 2006 12:36 PM  

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