Wednesday, April 30, 2008
While walking throught the neighborhood, I spotted this Saguaro in bloom, and life became bearable once again. You can see the hole where the woodpeckers did their thing, and where cactus wrens take up residence for incubating eggs. It doesn't hurt the cactus at all.
Friday, April 25, 2008
This great desert plant looks a little tropical--it's from the mountains of southern Brazil, northern Argentina, western Paraguay and Uruguay. It produces small green fruits if properly pollinated. I only have the one plant and untill I find room for another, I will just enjoy the petals!
Sunday, April 20, 2008
This is the fifth tree I have planted in my front yard over the past 16 years. I have had a multi-trunk Acacia, two other trees that I don't remember the names of, and a Weeping Acacia. In addition, I had two large Saguaro cacti. They seem to grow fine for a few years, but then unknown factors cause them die, or the wind gets them.
After the first tree blew over in a strong wind, I found out that I didn't know how to water properly. Now, I soak them overnight every two weeks to establish a deep root system. I don't have much room to plant, so I'm hoping that planting just few feet away from the last tree will make a difference. I choose the Desert Museum Palo Verde because of the fact it does not have any thorns and I will be the one to prune it. It reaches the mature height and width of about 20-25 feet. It will flower until late spring; maybe until the end of May.
I'm thinking about watering often (but deeply) to get the height I need to shade my cactus and patio area before the blazing summer sun arrives. I purchased and planted the 15-gallon tree February 15th. It has grown about a foot. At my age I don't even buy green bananas, and shouldn't buy 15-gallon trees hoping they'll mature in my lifetime!
Hopefully this Palo Verde won't be dillydallying around and will just shoot up.
Friday, April 18, 2008
A big box arrived today...
In fact, most of my adult life starts with a diet on my birthday. This is the eighth time I have started on the NutriSystem program. I first started the NutriSystem program in 1990. I lost the 35 pounds that I had gained after I stopped smoking in 1982. I have aways lost weight on the diet; sometimes I even got to my goal before I got sick of the food. My problem has always been portion control and NutriSystem takes care of that! The Atkins diet always appealed to me because I could eat a lot of food but I never stayed with it very long because when the fruits I love come in season, I couldn't resist. Every season brought another fruit! I tred Weight Watchers a few times, but again, I can't control portions, so I always over ate.
I ordered my favorite NutriSystem foods. Funny that in real life, I never eat pancakes, mashed potato or BBQ beef--which are just the foods I ordered.