Photo Friday: Desert Blooms

Flowers are just starting to bloom around here. The other day I started seeing spots of color in the beige desert landscape so yesterday I took a walk with camera in hand. I found all these along the side of a busy road (though a little less busy these days).

This post is for all those stuck inside or stuck in winter. I hope you enjoy.

I have no idea of plant names so I will call them by color!

Pink. I think this is my favorite.
Dark purple.
No flowers on the cacti yet but this south facing plant has cool looking buds. I do believe this is a barrel cactus.

Keep your Focus!

Photo Friday

How about some flower pictures taken in Toronto?  Why not, they make me happy and I hope they make you happy too.

A field of yellow flowers and my current desktop photo. (Center Islands)

 

“I am ready for my closeup…”

 

Me too! From the garden at Casa Loma.

 

Irises from Casa Loma.

 

Keep Your Focus!

The Week in Review 3/28/18

Something that made me happy:  I stopped buying cut flowers because it seemed an extravagant waste of money.  But at Trader Joe’s I couldn’t resist this little $4 bundle of joy (photo is above).  I made three small vases out of these Chamomile beauties that smell wonderful.  One vase for the kitchen, one for my office and one for my bedroom.  Because you know, I am worth it, at least once in awhile.

Something making me sad: I am not enjoying walking the dog these days, but don’t tell him!  He is part beagle and getting older and he sniffs everything.  It used to be I could just slow down or pause but now it is full stop. And wait and sometimes another ‘and wait’.  I don’t think his sniffer is as sensitive as it used to be.  He doesn’t want to walk as far either and the nearby neighborhoods are getting pretty boring.  So what used to be a pleasure is now a chore (that I can’t imagine not doing!) and that makes me sad.

Something weird:  Remember the word “chiaroscuro”?  A word I don’t think I had ever seen before I read “A Trick of the Light”?  Guess what word was in the very next book I read?  Yup, chiaroscuro was used in “Little Girl Gone”  by Gerry Schmitt.  Crazy right?

What I have been watching: “The Spring Baking Championship”.  I “may” have binge watched an entire season in three nights.

At a crossroads:  By beloved 2001 Saab needs some major work.  Like a week in the shop and two grand type of work.  My first thought was no problem.  But then I started to wonder.  Yes I love my car but I also love reliable transportation.  With a car this old I am wondering what could go bad next and how soon.  I decided I should look around and see if there is another car I could love just as much.  The problems are 1) I love a car that looks a little different from all the rest and not some ultra popular type that I will have trouble finding amongst 20 similar cars in a parking lot. 2) I have owned this car for 15 years and I am really attached.

At red lights I find myself checking out the cars around me. One day soon  I am just going to have to bite the bullet and go to some dealerships and look around.  I hate all the high pressure salesmen but looking on-line doesn’t cut it.  The only car I have noticed driving around that intrigued me is a Honda Crosstour but they stopped making them in 2016 (and the Tesla, just a little out of my budget!).

No matter what I suspect this is going to be a stressful situation.

My first baby!  This car predates spouse, dog and child.  Yes I took this photo but I think it does rather look like a car ad.

Something I am glad is over:  I finished our taxes and e-filed. I refuse to think about them again for another year.

How was your week?

Happy May Day!

No I did not make this holiday up!  May Day is a real holiday that my son and I celebrate by leaving small bouquets of flowers on our neighbors’ doorsteps.  This year our list expanded to eight:  four neighbors, two teachers, our dentist and our church office.

 

Eight little bundles of joy.

Flowers are bursting out everywhere:

Both my chrysanthemums are getting one last flowering in before the real heat starts.

 

 

Baby lemon!  Not a flower but still makes me happy.

I have a few rose buds on my bush.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The seeds I planted in February are flowering!  A rare gardening success. 

No I do not know any names, I am just enjoying their beauty.

 

I will be taking the rest of the week off from the computer.  While I really enjoyed the A to Z blogging challenge I am not used to spending so much time on-line and I am feeling a tad burned out.  See you next week!

 

 

Change of Season

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It was a relief to flip the calendar to March. With 16 days 80° or warmer it is nice to see the word Spring on the calendar. Every time I looked at February I thought I was on the wrong month since it felt more like April!

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I walked the dog this morning about 9:30.  It was warm enough not to wear a jacket and a light layer of cloud cover kept the sun from feeling too harsh.

 

Lots of bird song and buzzing bees in the air.

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The trees are still bare but that meant I could see this bird (right in the center).

 

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Turns out it is really hard to get a picture of a bee but can you see the two blurs?

Not too many flowers out yet but I found a few.

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Love these little daisy like flowers right next to the walkway to the school.

 

The blossoms on the lemon tree smell wonderful.

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I did my winter pruning of the rose bush in January and it has leafed out wonderfully, I even have a few buds.  Rose bushes aren’t supposed to do well here in pots but I keep it in the shade during the summer afternoons and just let it get a bit of early morning sun during the worst of the heat.

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I have had this chrysanthemum for four years now!  I keep it in the shade all summer and somehow it survives the heat.

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It is too wonderful having a bit of year around green in the neighborhood.  I wonder how much water these bushes use?

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I think they kind of look like hershey kisses.

 

HAPPY ALMOST SPRING EVERYONE!