Flowers in May

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Well, it has been over a week since I have posted or since I've managed to check up on other bloggers generally.  As I mentioned in my truncated reply on the last post, we had an emergency with a much-loved dog last Friday night.  It has turned into a marathon of care and concern, long nights, medications, and heartache.  But fortunately it has not turned into a tragedy.  One week after abdominal surgery, Bella is with us, just beginning to eat again, though by no means back to normal.  She is an otherwise healthy near-fourteen years old, and healing has been slow.

 

Meantime, Garden Blogger's Bloom Day has come and gone.  I haven't the energy to chase all the wonderful flowers in the garden right now.  We have gotten a reprieve from summer; the weather has been gently cool... in the desert... in May!  Spring annuals continue just as the true summer flowers are arriving.

 

So I will be taking a look at some of this transition.  And this post is a sort of half-baked Bloom Day post of the "better late than never" variety.

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The Rosewood Tree in May

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My young Vauquelinia californica is taking the season happily.  All the new growth earlier in the year has become a bushy head of green foliage.

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Tuesday View: After the Rain

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The sunlight and air have been delicious following last night's rain.  Some continuing clouds have kept the light softer, and the breeze has been fresh and sweet.  Around the house it carries the scent of Italian cypresses and the more emphatic resinous fragrances of the desert plants, especially Creosote Bush (Larrea tridentata).

 

Meantime, not surprisingly, the garden enjoyed the freshening up.  Even the cacti look happy and plump!

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In a Vase: A Small Posy

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Only a short post for this week's vase, but I did want to share my little posy.  Two rosebuds, the lavender-hued "Sterling Silver" above, and the soft pink "Tiffany" below, are combined with Nigella damascena, dianthus, lavender "Goodwin's Creek Gray", and a spray of flowers from Sedeveria "Sorrento".

 

The vase is a dark-glazed stoneware bottle I made a few years ago.

 

As you can see, the photos were taken under artificial lights - a big thank you to my sister Sarah for helping me with that, otherwise there would have been no post at all!   As there is, I can link with Cathy's wonderful In a Vase on Monday at Rambling in the Garden!

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Glimpses from the Garden

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Caesalpinia pulcherrima

Here are a few things that have caught my eye in the garden over the last few days.  In addition to Caesalpinia pulcherrima, above, the most spectacular arrivals, watched from bud to open flowers, are a pair of blooms on Trichocereus grandiflorus.

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