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.

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Fall In The Desert

It seems to be officially
fall here in the desert.
The ash trees are turning yellow and red and the Chinese pistache is also turning red. And my lemons are something to behold. I think they are a bit ahead of schedule. There are several hundred on my tree. I now have to think of creative ways to use some of them. Mostly they are given away. The nice thing about lemons is they will stay on the tree for a long, long time. I made some chicken picata the other day, with lemon juice and white wine. It was quite tasty.

With the advent of cool weather, some of our plants are bursting into bloom. It's an anomaly that many things stop blooming in summer but respond to cooler weather. I have a lovely array of things blooming 12 months out of the year. The excessive heat is gone and our days are gloriously comfortable. It's a bit chilly in the morning but shirt sleeve weather in the afternoon.
We've had about an inch and a half of rain in the past two weeks and that is contributing to blooming in several species. One is the little fuzzy blue flower called Boot Hill Eupatorium amongst the Radiation lantana. It's a little hidden treasure that you have to walk near to notice. The nice thing about cool weather here is that we can plant annuals that would be crispy critters here in July and August. I like to add pansies and stock to some of the pots that have succulents in them. The pansies will bloom until the weather gets hot in the spring, around March or April. All in all, this is the nicest time of year, after spring of course. It's a very lovely time of year to visit as well. All of you snow bunnies should think about a nice trip to Las Vegas. I'll be happy to show you my garden.


Blogger Gary said...

Even though you are in the desert and here in Houston we get almost fifty inches of rain a year, I think there there are many similarities in the two climates. I suspect it is most true with winter annuals.

You really do have a garden to be proud of.

October 29, 2006 5:59 PM  
Blogger Ari said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous flowers!

October 29, 2006 6:47 PM  
Blogger Motherkitty said...

Too pretty for words! I'm trying to think of ways to entice you to come help me landscape my yard. I'm not holding my breath, however. Have a good week.

October 30, 2006 5:52 AM  
Blogger Motherkitty said...

Happy Halloween to one of my favorite ghoul friends.

October 31, 2006 4:25 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

I love colorful gardens and lilac/purple are my favorite shades. I am envious of the weather you describe and your invitation is one I truly hope to take you up on one day - that's a very generous offer. Thank you for continuing to visit. xox

October 31, 2006 7:21 AM  
Anonymous #1 son said...

Lemon tree? It looks more like a lemon bush.

Just don't let CJ bring anymore back in his suitcase. They got all squishy last year.

The other flowers look nice. How about some pics with Rafi and Tova in them?

November 01, 2006 10:46 PM  
Blogger Franny said...

Ha ha ha, fall in the desert and you're showing LEMONS! The only place you'll see lemons around here is the grocery store.

Your pictures are, as always, gorgeous. I can imagine how much love and dedication you put into your gardening. Can I rent you to rescue my yard? We have a pretty large yard, and we are constantly battling the weeds, shrubs, etc. This year, we lost. :-( But we live to fight another year!

November 06, 2006 6:49 AM  

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