I’m always commenting that I don’t have much time to enjoy my garden and that between work and my “extra-curriculars” I’m not home as much as I would like. Today was a rare exception. Instead of spending “granddaughter day” at their home, we brought Sophia and Karina to our house so we could be a little closer to the hospital if needed.We really thought my dad would be released today. Everything was moving in that direction but it seems his doctors were called to more urgent matters, and my very patient parents just hung out at the hospital all day waiting for the final physician sign-off. We did volunteer to come over and stage some kind of choreographed protest to “spring him,” but he doesn’t like to make a fuss.
It was a good day to sit outdoors, let the girls play, and for me, just to have a chance to observe my own backyard. Would you like to see what grows in my Southern California garden? I have roses, hydrangeas and iris, as well as lavender and a variety of fragrant herbs, but in our Mediterranean climate I also have great success with succulents and cactus. And you may not be familiar with how these hardy, drought-tolerant specimens flower, especially in the spring!
The picture is a little dark because it WAS a little dark. These cactus blooms greeted me before sunrise Mother’s Day morning. They bloom in the night and close up in the heat of the day.
Still here on Monday…
And then gone by Tuesday…
Can you see the little blooms-to-be? First they look like little cotton Q-TIPS…but they’ll flower soon.
All shapes and sizes…and colors
Little spiky stems…waiting to flower
I threw this one in as a little tease. Winter weather is a little hard on our G-scale (Garden) railroad. I’ll have some pictures to show you soon…all little boys enjoy their trains. And I enjoy accessorizing–with lots of succulents and cactus.
And one final note…while I was putting this post together, Mom threw dad into the get-away car and they beat it out of the parking lot and headed for home. They escaped by cover of night…and are now safely holed up in their house. The long
incarceration hospitalization is over…and we are seriously thankful and glad to have him home!
Breathing MUCH lighter…Debra