as July slips away.
How did that happen??
With the toes of August peeping under the door, thoughts of summers end start creeping in.
Wishing for a way to put time on "pause" and fling those thoughts far out into the universe.
THESE are the days I want to "rest" in for awhile as long as possible.
Learning to live in the moment: a constant work in progress.
Validating the direction of my thoughts tho ~ Mature Bullock's Orioles departed from the garden this week and started their long journey south.
This years young remain but even they will soon follow the path of their parents.
Their three month residency, once again, over in the blink of an eye.
Clematis 'Purpurea Plena Elegans'
Tiny sweet blooms.
Majorly big impact.
Dahlia 'Big Brother'
Notice a theme??
Salmony/yellow bloomers were on the brain when orders were placed this spring. :)
Favorite Zinnia: 'Queen Red Lime'
Lilium 'Black Beauty'
Happy moment finding them blooming again.
Last year, a late, late frost killed the new growth. There was never any additional sign of life so obviously, no blooms. I thought they were gone.
Here's proof that one bad year does not mean the end....
Lemon Cypress & 'Cherry Star' Calibrachoa. Another favorite combo.
Little Myrtle topiary
Lovely new annual: Crazytunia 'Mandeville'
Water hyacinth ~ first year to bloom in my pond. Not sure why but not asking questions!
The garden has changed since I last posted.
One of the Pinyon Pines (planted by the previous owner) along the driveway had to be cut down. I knew the loss was inevitable ~ they are desert plants, not at all suited to the constant irrigation they receive from the neighbors sprinklers ~ consequently they've struggled the past several years. At some point the other will have to go as well. Their demise opens an opportunity for new landscaping. Considerable thought will go into a plan during the upcoming months.
In the kitchen, I've been overcome by a cooking spree. Fell in love with the above chicken/blueberry salad. Recipe found here.
Not necessarily the healthiest (i.e. dressing), but I'm making adaptations. The flavors however, are fabulous.
I think the taste was enhanced because the salad was accompanied by my new April Cornell table napkins!!! What do you think??!
Here's hoping August crawls by at a snails pace & that we remember to seize & savor every moment before the season truly is over...