Now we are trying to protect what we have from burning up out there. This is why we have to cover our potatoes. They are actually growing and surviving now that they have been covered.
This month was about getting ready for the extreme heat headed our way. All wooden items in the garden have to be resealed or painted. May is the perfect time to do this because the heat isn’t so bad yet, which means we can still work outside longer. Although even in May we have been getting up very early between 4-5 am because of heat warnings on some days.
I repainted the garden table.
Then my husband fixed this old garden table. I resealed the wood on it and organized the pots. I even added and transplanted more plants around it.
And I did the same to the baker’s rack in the corner. Although it is seeing it’s last days it looks like.
On Mother’s Day I woke up to thunder and rain which was a very special treat for all of us here in the desert. When my daughter felt bad about not being able to buy me a new plant for my garden like she normally does every Mother’s Day, I told her I was already happy with the gift of early morning rain that day. I love, love, love being out in the garden after an early morning rain storm. Everything smells so fresh and looks sparkly. My son gave me the biggest hug for mom’s day and that is something right there all on it’s own.
What a perfect morning for Mother’s Day . We woke up to a very special surprise. What a gift to get rain for Mother’s Day. Oh, and a carrot cake my husband made. I forgot to take a photo of it before we all started eating it…it was so yummy. My daughter reminded me that the Saturday before Easter we also were gifted with a double rainbow.
“ That’s right, I do remember that” I said
I remember that day my daughter coming into the living room excitedly and showing me a photo of a double rainbow that Jerusalem was getting and we both said it would be so nice to have one here as well. Then we both went outside and there was a giant double rainbow, even here in our little old Arizona desert area. I shared it with you all for my Easter greetings post. Apparently that Saturday before Easter double rainbows were showing up all around the world…how cool is that?
Lets see, what else has been happening in our garden this month…we got some new blooms. Our cactus flowers started popping out this month. Cactus flowers do not last long, you have about a day to enjoy them and then they drop off. Their colors are very unusual , like soft pastels or very bright pinks and orange colors.
We have green everywhere in our garden for now but come late summer our garden will be a mess. Everything will be brown and dry, well mostly everything that is. It is so sad. Probably what everyone’s garden looks like during Winter snow months in other parts of the world.
Because my kids usually buy me something plant related for Mom’s day I instead told them I would make a pretty center piece for our garden table outside using plants we already have around.
I used an old tool tray I bought second hand at a thrift shop. It is huge. Usually it is in one of my work areas, not outside. I use it to store arts and craft supplies.
I filled it with mason jars and fresh clippings of roses and ferns. It was the perfect center piece for a carrot cake breakfast.
All our succulents had to be brought inside. They do not do well in extreme heat.This cabinet shelf I redid was the perfect place for a nursery of all my succulents and plants I am propagating.
Remember these? They are the baby spider plants I planted awhile ago in one of my last garden updates. They will make nice Christmas gifts when the time comes. Look how big they are getting.
The baby quail have grown too. I can’t believe how fast they grew in just a few weeks.
We moved them under the trees by our pool area. We normally have them on the other side of the yard but with the heat coming in, we decided to move them to the pool side. Our summer’s can be harsh but if you have trees and grass the birds do better.
Some new babies hatched, quail and chickens. We gave the baby chicks to our neighbors since they are hard to find at the moment. Just keeping the shortage at a minimum by sharing and growing with others locally.
We are starting to get some edibles from our garden but it is a very slow process and some seeds from some big chain stores are not producing at all or very well. This is a pattern we have been noticing for years now…not paranoia, just frustration. Just like items mass produced that fall apart after awhile, it seems some seeds out there are also being made in a way that don’t allow a lot of growth if any at all. I believe you all know what I am writing about here. Everyone knows products are falling apart everywhere. Hopefully things will start turning around soon.
We trade seeds with other gardeners here locally which always do better.
Mostly in my garden this month there was a lot of clean up and working on unfinished projects. We are in a rush to get these projects done before we have our sunned in days. You know, instead of snowed in we here in our desert get sunned in where it is too dangerous to be outside.
I also had a chance to go rock collecting at the creek up north where we have Our Little Red house. I brought back lots of rocks to be painted and decorated later. I have been adding my painted rocks around the garden as decorations. I am setting up an art studio in the garden for the neighborhood kids to have a once a month art day. A creative break from the lock downs and no school days. I figure as long as there are only a couple at a time and they come between a certain time with their moms then we can keep our social distance and the supplies will be outside in uv rays.We will see how this works.
May is always a month of pollen clean up daily from the pool. Everyday we had to clean our pool twice a day because of the beautiful tree shading it from above. I will never remove the tree. We put up with the extra work involved and try not to complain.
May is also a month of lots of visitors. We get birds,bees and butterflies at this time.Sadly though, I am not seeing as many bees as I normally have in the past. Our garden is a safe haven for them since it is an organic garden.
Wish I had a photo of the little finches that visit me during this month. We have two trees that produce pollen, there are all kinds of flying critters that love visiting to eat from the pollen. The finches with their yellow heads always make me smile. Sometimes they will hang out in the old branches above my gazebo and I will peak up through the Jasmine vines while they look down at me chirping away while I work on my art projects. They are so bossy, looking down and me and chirping at me like I understand what they are saying…who even knows.
That’s about it for our garden updates this month, how are all of you doing with your gardens? Happy gardening adventures everyone.
Update on quail- we got hit with an extreme heat warning this week. If you are reading this post now it was written a couple weeks ago. I like to reschedule post in order to keep up with everything. We lost two quail these past two days and we have no idea why. The other quail are doing fine but then they are better suited for the heat. Anyway, we brought them into the Arizona room until the temps go down and we are going to keep a thermometer out by the cages now. Our record temps were only suppose to reach 111 at the most but the national weather association measures temps in shaded areas, so even though the temps say 112 in the sun they will reach over 130. The quail can tolerate up to 120. They are in the shade so temps don’t get as hot. If we leave anything outside in direct sunlight, even if only for a few minutes, it will melt. All the other birds are okay. Arizona has deadly heat. Please, if you are ever in our state, remember that if you are here during the summer. Many people die out here because they do not understand how dangerous the heat is here.
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