~~By NM-GRL (IA)
Temperatures are heating up…we went into the 90’s then it cooled and today I caught a sign saying 95. So…summer is on its way!
Which means the desert plants are starting to come into full flower. Before I moved here I didn’t realize how wonderful cactus plants could be when they bloomed!
But before I get to some pictures from my house, I have to report on the squirrels. One is particularly bold, heading onto our back porch a mere couple of feet from my back door! The same guy, I think, was caught on my little “couch” (actually a storage unit) picking up corn that had spilled from the containers I use to fill the feeders. Today, I caught one at the side of the yard and I’m betting he’ll be at the pomegranate, which is not starting to form flower buds. (Last year, a squirrel nibbled on those.) The squirrel contingent has devoured petunias and I bought a few more hanging containers for portulacas and cardinal creeper vines, whose red flowers are also a tasty treat. Meanwhile, in the veggie garden, a squirrel has nipped at the sweet potato plants!!! And, I found a big, unripe peach half eaten!
This is getting nasty! I’m seriously thinking of getting an electrified fence around the vegetables at this point!
This weekend I should start bagging the grapes, which are now the size of peas…the work never ends!!
At least the cactus flowers aren’t being eaten!!!! So enjoy! These pics were taken over the the course of a few days, so they are in chronological order…
First, we have a few from 5/8:
Here is a cholla. I picked up a small section and planted this myself a few years ago and now it’s HUGE!
A bee wallows in the yellow flower on this cactus:
Another version of a yellow flower, but with a splash of red!
A couple of days later I took this picture with the cholla bursting into bloom:
The next day on 5/11:
Finally, a shot of the ocotillo now leafed out and the cholla:
Except for the ocotillo which we had planted by a nursery, all the cactus have grown from a single pad that I stuck in the ground. Needless to say, I’m extremely please with the results!!
P.S.–that long “stick” on the left is the base that hold up my longwire antenna that brings in my shortwave radio signals!