“Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.”
Okay, I may have bit off too much. I started looking around the garden seeing such a mess, and decided to redo different areas. But once I finished one area I looked at another corner and wasn’t happy with that as well. Boy did I start something. Looks like there is no ending now. Most of these photos are the cleaned up areas. If I did a wide shot you would see clutter everywhere. I don’t want to discourage any new gardeners out there by sharing the ugly messy areas when there are beautiful plants to discover and so much life involved with having a garden. I try to only share the positive. It really is worth all the hard work.
I had to re-pot a lot of plants this month. There were also some dead plants that needed to be tossed to the chickens to eat. Yeah, that happens. My thumb is not so green but I am not throwing in any towels yet. I am so stubborn I probably won’t be doing that anyway.
I can’t believe how much work there is involved with the upkeep of a garden. I always write about that don’t I?. Seems like I am complaining some but in reality I really do enjoy the work involved with gardening.
My husband told me that there is a huge amusement park ( I refuse to promote their name though) that has almost a hundred gardeners daily that make their park look beautiful. That’s a lot of gardeners. It is beautiful to walk around that place.
There are only four of us working on the garden at our home and we still need to do other things as well. Mostly this month was a mass clean up of dead plants, overgrown grass, and some broken things. Had to toss some garden chairs sadly because the Arizona sun just ruins hard plastic out here.
I have to shop for iron and medal chairs that last outside here in the desert heat. I make pretty pillows and seat cushions for them because they can be uncomfortable to sit on. At least they last year after year. You all know that is a sore spot with me. The wasteful way they make products these days.
Because redoing the garden area involves moving things around a lot, I would come across a surprise one day, guess what I found…tiny eggs.
Some of you may think this is gross but not I. I have always seen anything from nature as fascinating. It is life and all of it is beautiful to me.
My nana kept empty mayo jars with holes in their lids because I collected insects. I was very careful when doing that. Only came across snakes a few times but I never went near them or spiders. I would sketch anything I caught and set them free afterwards. Here in the desert we get tarantulas, scorpions, centipedes.
I would discover the eggs under a brick. It took me back to a day when my son brought me two eggs from outside when he was a little boy. He was very gentle with them when he asked me what they were. I told him to put them in his bug box to see what happens. Sure enough a few weeks later two tiny little lizards were crawling around. Told my son to release them back into the garden because who the heck even knows what they eat. Best to let them be free out there in the garden catching insects.
The bug box has since been donated because my kids are all grown up now. I figure I will share with you all the progress on these little lizard eggs I found the other day . I have no idea if they are the invasive Geckos or Arizona lizards. We will see. I also have no idea if they will even hatch.Most people would call up an exterminator to spray toxic chemicals everywhere to kill whatever is in these tiny little eggs, but I don’t know what type of lizard they may be. Could be the little zebra striped tail Arizona lizards with their beautiful blue bellies. I have those lizards in my garden too. It’s an organic garden so no harsh chemicals are allowed. Keeps it safe for the bees and wild doves that stop by . The bees are in trouble from all the harsh chemicals being used out there. If the bees go, that is a very bad thing.
I cleaned out an old lemonade jar to use as a temporary home for the eggs.
Then tied some bridal netting to the top.
Now it’s just a waiting game.
One morning I may walk outside to see a couple itty bitty lizards crawling around the terrarium. The other day my daughter was asking for a pet gecko and my husband laughed and said…
“Your mom may have a couple out in the garden right now waiting to hatch.”
I told her to get a fish tank instead. I will be releasing these lizards if they hatch. Pet lizards are adorable and I have had some reptiles from the pet stores as a kid but with lock downs, pandemics and not really knowing what the future has in store, best to keep pets down to a minimum in case it is hard to get food for them. Fish are easy pets.
That flower bulb my husband bought finally bloomed.
It was a twin flower, two on one stem from one bulb.
Maybe this is normal, I don’t know. Thought it was kind of cool. If my cousin is reading this, maybe it is a special hello from our twin dads from up above. A lot of the trees in my garden and the whole garden area are in memory of the love ones who have passed on in our lives. My Nana’s birthday was Feb. 13th and there are many flowers and seeds that I have planted in her memory too, lots of family that I miss and plant something in their memory. When I get a flower bloom it is like a sweet hello from heaven above that they send back down to me. I feed the doves and leave water for any animals that stop by for a break. It’s a place of peace. Some day when I move I will miss these spots but I know it in my bones, it is time to find another home. I don’t know when or where that will be but I can not leave my children in a city that is becoming so cruel. Phoenix is no longer the city I remember from years ago but this has been going on for many years this coldness here. Just stop by and drive our streets here in the bust parts of the city. People rage all the time out there on our streets.
Seeds came in, the ones we ordered through the mail. I can’t wait to start planting and seeing them grow.
Made some aloe gel from all the aloe I cleaned up and re-potted.
You can freeze the gel too. Makes it really nice when you do burn yourself to have some frozen aloe to rub on it. Even small cuts and blisters can heal faster with aloe.
Our neighbors brought over some more veggies from their organic garden. We have not really been as aggressive with our garden but hopefully we will start getting more things too. We have several neighbors on this street with some amazing green thumbs. They are always dropping garden supplies off to us and we all share seeds too. Best to encourage each other in gardening adventures.
On Valentine’s Day walking around the garden around sunset I noticed a very unusual flower had bloomed. They looked like a whole bouquet of upside down tulips. I am terrible at the names of flowers so maybe there is a better description to these flowers. These came from a plant my next door neighbor pulled out one day when she was cleaning up her garden. She gave it to me explaining that the leaves on the plant produce more plants but she never said anything about flowers from this unusual plant. I believe it is a succulent. On this day I noticed all the plants I had propagated from the one giant stem were all blooming flowers. I will have to ask my neighbor if she ever got flowers from her plant. I heard somewhere once that a plant that produces flowers is a very happy plant. My garden is full of these happy plants right now. Like a plant from another planet.
This is what the plant normally looks like in photo below. The flower grows from a long stem from the middle.
We finally finished the baker’s rack.
First going back and forth as to whether or not to just toss it since it was pretty beat up. I convinced my husband that maybe we could make a place for some of our baby cacti we are propagating.
Here it is all finished.
We also had an old wooden crate pot that was falling apart. Decided to fix that as well.
I repainted it and stenciled flowers all over it for more detail. Still kind of beat up but it holds dirt and here in the desert the only way to have a nice garden is to use pots and garden beds.
I want to plant edibles in it, like tomatoes, garlic, and some herbs.
We have two new baby chicks this month, here they are at night just hanging out before bed.
And we got some more olive trees. There was a sale from the local gardener we buy our fruit trees from. Twenty dollars a tree. Local trees are better purchases for us, they actually produce. We have noticed we do better with local plants then national store chains. Even seeds seem to struggle like they were never meant to produce, just live a little, then they die off after awhile. I know I am not the only one noticing this. So save those local seeds, share and grow gardens with each other. I’m getting back to something here, which is in most of my post…love your neighbors, get to know them and everyone will have happier lives. Yeah, it is hard with some people and sometimes you have to walk away from those situations but at least try. Smiles, greetings and being non confrontational keeps us at peace. Something up with the plants though and something up with getting neighbors to turn on each other all around the world. Did everyone just forget about the late 30’s and early 40’s of Germany. History forgotten is so easy to repeat.
That’s it this month in the garden. Next month I hope to have some mosaic art DIY projects finished, more flowers/edibles and maybe our bees will be in by then. I also need to sew up some cushions for those chairs of mine. I could head down to the store and save time by buying some but it is better for the environment and my pocket book to do it myself. Living as debt free as possible, that is true freedom. Happy gardening everyone and please keep all the people without power and in Winter storms in your prayers.