Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Bloomin' Tuesday

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I love Bloomin' Tuesdays...I find myself hoping for 'this' or 'that' to be in bloom so I can share it with everyone.

Yesterday, I received a little help in the garden pruning the trees. The blooms are mostly gone and it is growing season so the Palo Verde and Palo Brea were masterfully pruned.

I must admit, I get a physiological response to pruning. And, I know that when a plant is properly pruned the pruning contributes to the overall health and beauty of the plant, but I still feel like I should wait and see what is does next... I guess that isn't to say that plants left to there own devises are not beautiful, but they do tend to be in a perpetual stage of potential...and help is a good thing...which reminds me that I am the branches that are masterfully pruned.

Here is what is blooming today in my AZ garden.

Above, Larkspur ( Consolida ambigua) and Perry's Penstumum(Penstemon parryi)

Above, Desert Senna (Senna covesil)

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Veggie Garden Update

The vegetable garden is doing very well this year.

The artichoke and garlic section is thriving. The garlics are forming flower tops...I read I should cut off the flowers to keep the energy in the bulbs so I get nice big bulbs. http://ag.arizona.edu/yavapai/anr/hort/byg/archive/growinggarlic.html

The peppers are producing. I'll wait until the weekend to pick the few we currently have and use them in something wonderful.

WOW!!! Look at that tomato plant...

You remember it, the bug ate it down to sticks and then it just started to grow non-stop and it is loaded with tomatoes!