And then there was the dangerous wildlife we had to avoid, blue and purple flags warning everyone, and red flags were flying for strong currents.
The girl under the umbrella next to us fished out 2 more while she’d been in the water. I picked one up when I was a young girl vacationing with my parents in Florida, thought it was a purple balloon, went into shock, hands swelled up 3 times their normal size, ran a fever and chills and of course, it hurt lots!
We had a blast at South Padre Island! It was cooler than home, which is getting to 106 heat index daily!
Off to work. I’ve been pulling out tomato plants that flower and never fruit. The other tomato plants next to them need the water.
Several of these plants are volunteers. The pine tree in the back left corner by the fence was there originally, part of the old growth forest before the homes were built. There’s a holly bush behind it that is also a volunteer that must have been in the old forest. The Magic Purple Crepe Myrtle on the far left in the foreground is one that I planted. the rosebush that you can’t see except for one orange flower on the far left behind the purple crepe myrtle I planted. And the Esperanza that makes beautiful trumpet like yellow flowers is behind the purple crepe myrtle, near the center of the photo and in the back at the bottom some red miniature roses that need to be moved so they do better. Everything else, the hot pink crepe myrtles, other pine trees, youpon holly trees, those are all volunteers.
Those are filling up areas where nothing would grow. Nothing. Now I have a bonanza of color. Never give up. Never surrender. They just needed more shade to do well in this hot environment.
It’s great for color, helping to soundproof the yard a bit since we’re all so close to neighbors, creating a little slice of paradise, making it appear that we’re not all on top of each other, and providing more shade, and safety for birds.
Have a super fun day! Need to get started on mine!
I think these are my favorite colorwise. They’re so soft with a little ruffled edge, a green and yellow throat. Just so pretty.
So I had to laugh at my dogs yesterday. They are so routinized that they go to their crates for a nap after lunch (because I would put them down for a nap when I put my granddaughter down for one so they wouldn’t wake her) that even when she’s not here, off they go.
Well, they hadn’t even had lunch yet, and I saw them both go into my bedroom. What mischief were they up to? I’ve caught Tanner sleeping on my bed before, a no-no, but of course when I catch him, he’s flying in the air, pretending he wasn’t snoozing on my bed. Nope, here they are. Both of them. Lying down in the crates, heads up, waiting for me to come and give them a treat and shut their crates. Now Tanner will go in there to sleep on his own throughout the day if I don’t shut the door so he will sleep out here with us.
They didn’t move. They just waited. “Come,” I said. “Time for lunch.” And both raced to their training cot where they lie down and wait for me to serve up lunch. “Break,” and they’re released to get their meal. Then potty break and once we’re in the house, they race for their crates. lol Now, it’s naptime.
I love the little miniature roses. The rosebush can get fairly big. I have a white one and a yellow one that have grown to about 3 feet tall, but the roses themselves are like little fairy roses, miniature. Of course the Encore red rosebush I have has regular size roses and it’s about 8 feet tall. But I have other miniatures that are very tiny. They probably need to be relocated.
Off to take some pictures of the yellow miniatures. They’ve been blooming like crazy.
This was an unusual pale pink or almost peach color in the garden. It’s the first one that has bloomed but several others are getting ready to. They make such a lovely addition to the garden and reseed themselves or I gather the seeds from them and put them out again the next year.
This is another picture I took of the baby ducklings in San Diego. I managed to clean out one of the birdbaths of algae and need to work on the fountain and other birdbath. The poor birds are panting it’s so hot.
I took this photo at the San Diego Zoo. They have a lovely hummingbird exhibit there. They look like little fantastical creatures, they’re so pretty. This one was being so nice to sit still for me. I usually don’t have much luck taking pictures of them because they move so fast.
I didn’t manage to get my word count yesterday, just 1,000 words. I did more edits last night and that can help to jump start me. I’m off to write some more!
Have a fun day! We have a scorcher every day for at least 2 weeks unless a storm comes to break things up.
I found this little guy in my photos and I thought he was so adorable, taking one big step with his big webbed foot. But the background distracted from him way too much. So voila, here he is. Not an ugly duckling at all. I took this photo at Balboa Park in San Diego.
I had to move some scenes around in the Highland Wolf novel and expand them yesterday. So I finally made word count. The heat was beastly outside, but I planted 3 of the miniature rosebushes first thing yesterday morning. My goal is to plant the last two this morning before the heat makes it impossible. And of course get word count again.
Have a super fun Friday. I’m off to get busy with mine.
The mallard duck was standing on grass next to a waterway, but the cement barrier next to it really messed up the picture. So I added some textures, removing the background.
I found some more miniature roses! And they came home with me. But it’s too hot to plant them. I’ll try first thing this morning. Of course I was so excited about getting the roses, I forgot my tortillas. lol Priorities, priorities.
This was supposed to post this morning, but didn’t! So I rescheduled it for 3 mins from now. Hopefully it will post. So weird.