In the garden…. summer swimming, painting a pallet garden, saving succulents and a baby dove visits.

 Did some more propagating this month, all cacti. I also have some houseplants I have been trying to reproduce to fill the inside of my home with.

I also noticed my succulents weren’t doing so well this month. I’m trying you guys. Real plants aren’t so easy to take care of.

I was able to grow four plants from this dollar store succulent I purchased last month, but it will not survive the summer. Our climate is so dry and hot here, just not happening. If you have been following me awhile then you know this is my pattern every summer. Every year I try to save my little succulents. If I bring my succulents inside, the air conditioning seems too harsh. Outside is too hot and dry. My house plants are doing okay but I don’t have a green thumb when it comes to these trendy little succulents. If you visit Arizona during the summer you won’t be able to find a healthy looking succulent in any store that sells them. This is why I believe they end up at the dollar stores and discount stores.

To propagate succulents is pretty easy. Just clip off tops and replant those, eventually they will start to root. Where you cut the tops off, new succulents will grow in their place.

Another way to propagate from your succulents is to look for succulents that have smaller succulents growing from them. This aloe plant that I picked up at Ikea had two little pups attached to it growing from the bottom. It was left last because it didn’t balance very well with it’s design. The other plants that everyone was picking up were fuller and looked prettier then this little plant. Although weird looking at first, it had three plants all ready to transplant. When you are all out there shopping, look closely and choose plants that have lots of babies on them. Each generation you get from that plant will be a big producer of other plants. Just a tip for you all in saving your money.

 Now the original plant has a long stem growing from it with little white flowers popping off of it. Eventually these will turn into tiny succulents of it’s own. Little mini versions that are so cute. Two ways they produce pups that I have noticed.  

With these warmer temps, we have been using the pool more. It’s a nice treat to get out there. My favorite place around our home is relaxing under the trees while watching the wild birds. I love the tiny finches with their yellow chests. The hummingbirds are especially funny to me, always so active buzzing around. They land on one of the tiny branches in the tree and look around with such big personalities. I would love to know what they are thinking. The doves with their soft cooing sounds always put me at peace.

 Early in the morning I put wild bird seed out for the birds. A couple weeks ago I noticed a family of doves eating one morning, they were super cute. There were two small doves that were so tiny. They stayed close to their mother Dove. I didn’t get photos though because they flew away once I open the back door from the Arizona sunroom.

Then, one day when I was in the pool, I noticed one of the little baby doves was all alone eating some bird seed. It was much bigger from when I saw it two weeks ago. What a cute little guy or gal…I don’t know the sex. I am terrible at that. Any bird experts out there?. Some more doves flew down and they were double the size of this one. There are different varieties of wild doves out here that come in different sizes but up close this little dove not only acts clumsy but looks very young too. This is why I believe it could be one of the babies I saw earlier in the week that stayed very close to a larger and bigger version of itself. They even flew together and stayed close to each other. One momma dove and two little babies out of the nest learning all about the big room…our world. It was nice to see that little family pick our garden to visit.

The wildfires all over our state, a normal occurrence now every summer, are causing the light to play very interesting color patterns on everything. Waking up one morning , I noticed everything glowed like the color of gold. It was so weird.

The day before there was so much smoke everywhere that it made it possible for us to look at the sun. Again, a great play on the light patterns on everything but a little sad and strange too. Like we are living on planet Mars. I don’t use any filters on the photos that I share with you guys. Some are compressed and watermarked but nothing is done to change the colors. I did do one post where everything was turned to black and white photos but these photos in the post are exactly how the natural light was shinning on them. .

I finished my cacti garden this month. Remember when I wrote that I wanted some color out in our garden. I went through our mini shed and found all kinds of paint colors to make a rainbow of bright colors to cheer up our garden. That was back in the Spring when everything was still cool enough to paint outside. I started planting cacti in the Spring because I wanted to have a colorful summer garden. This is what my cacti garden started out looking like.

And now here it is. All those little cacti I saved and used for a cactus garden have really filled up this little garden. It didn’t cost me anything either. I challenged myself and decided to use items I already had on hand. Items I came across when I was cleaning up the back yard. It’s a bit busy but I can always change it if I want. Maybe paint everything white and make it a very modern and minimalist looking garden design instead. Or I can make it even more colorful and create mosaics everywhere. That’s the beauty in being creative, that cycle never ends. It’s a lot of color but our garden needed it. I am happy with it for now.

I am having the hardest time trying to figure out what design to do on the pallet garden my husband made me years ago. I decided to paint tiny whimsical flowers and simple designs on it for now. And just like my cacti garden I can always paint over this too. You see, I am always using that excuse when I get an urge to create some art. I can never shut off that art button, it’s always on. Again, I will see how I feel in a month. This summer our garden is all about art and color.

Here are our new blooms this month. Not a whole lot going on with flowers. The heat isn’t the only reason why I haven’t been buying many flowers this summer, it’s also about the costs too. Everything has shrunk but doubled in price. You should see all the house plants I have right now since I starting learning how to propagate plants. I also heard that there are people out there online that grow plants as a hobby and they exchange their plants with others. I will have to look more into this and check out garden clubs here in my city.

This little pot is my purchase for the garden this month. I am not having any luck finding larger garden pots but I hope to find some at a church sale coming up at the end of the month. I really loved this little pot though. So dainty and pretty with painted flowers on it. I wonder why someone got rid of it. Maybe a little plant died in it and the person gave up on growing things. I will keep this little pot for while, but eventually I too may give it away to someone, with a little plant in it of course.

The bees are happy. So far it has been a month and they are still out there in their hives or  working around our garden like crazy.

I am getting a little nervous with them around the bird bath. Every year the water dish becomes very popular with bees and birds.

That’s it for this month. Oh, wait I forgot to share a photo of the chicken’s nest boxes my son and husband made last month. Here it is.

And here are the babies we got last month. We bring then all into our Arizona sun room when the temps are dangerously high outside.  While I write this post we are experiencing extreme heat days. Water and cooling stations are all over the city right now. All animals should be brought indoors when the heat outside is at it’s hottest. Having large bins helps when days like that come up. Also, dogs should not walk outside here with this heat unless they have dog shoes on. Really, dog shoes. Poor animals really suffer here in this desert. Everyone all over the neighborhood is leaving out water for stray and feral animals.

One more thing before I end this garden post… we got some tomatoes from some of our hydroponics we are experimenting with. Remember when I wrote about that new project. I don’t have a photo of the tomatoes… we ate them. They tasted so good and how they should taste. Some of the tomatoes in the stores taste funny to me. Here are some baby ones we are trying to grow right now. This is all inside of course. Summers are deadly here.

And outside in our Arizona heat we have peppers coming in. Okay, that really is it…the end. See you all here in my garden for July.

Happy gardening adventures everyone.

19 Comments Add yours

  1. I enjoyed this so much. ❤

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    1. Awww…thank you Linda, that make me happy as always. Hope you and your family are doing okay and are altogether safely now.

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  2. I don’t even know where to start!
    How many hours does your day have?? I’m totally exhausted just reading this post!
    But as usual, you’ve outdone yourself and I love every bit of it!
    I absolutely love your little palette flowers! What an awesome idea and it looks fantastic! And reading about your plants, bees and feathered friends….so nice!
    You guys really are creating your own little piece of paradise there! Not only for yourselves but for all the living creatures! Love it!
    Hope you’re all doing well and staying safe and I wish you a wonderful weekend!!
    Big hug from me to you 🙂

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    1. As always, I love hearing from you and that everything is well over there with you guys. My husband always says he never wants to leave our home because it’s so peaceful and relaxing. It is getting scary out there in the city. This is our hide away from the chaos and the little critters that stop by seem to love it too. It’s a lot of work in this heat so we have to get up early in the morning like 5 am but there is always a pile of mess somewhere. Our home has piles of unfinished projects or things to clean up. So far we are getting it done and learning a lot in this city mini homesteading project of ours.


  3. mel says:

    Wow, so many things are happening at your garden, how fascinating! And I like what you did with your pallet garden. Happy gardening!

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  4. Chandra Lynn says:

    I love your cactus garden and the pallet garden!!! Your posts always give me such joy!

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    1. Thank you Chandra, you are always so kind. I hope you are doing well. I always enjoy your beautiful art you share on your site and all your artists friends. All really beautiful souls. Have a great week and stay safe.

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      1. Chandra Lynn says:

        Happy Week! Hugs to you!

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      2. Awww…thank you Chandra. Big hugs back to you and yours from all of us out here in Arizona. Keep creating and sharing that with others, you have a lot of love and kindness to spread out there in the world. Have a great week too.

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      3. Chandra Lynn says:

        Thank you!!! A whole 10 days off, and I’m going to do my best to rest and create.

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      4. Rest easy and create lots of beautiful art.

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      5. Chandra Lynn says:

        I have rested. No art. Well, photography, yes. But nothing intentional. I think I just needed to rest.


  5. Wonderful…thank you for letting us enter your beautiful world…(it is difficult for me to imagine that kind of heat! Yikes!)

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    1. Thank you, I am so glad you liked it. The heat is intense but the cacti so far seem to be okay. I keep going out and filling the bird baths with water. They soak their feet in the water and stay under the shade of the trees.

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  6. YOSSEF JOHN says:

    Wow Nice!. New follower here.

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    1. Thank you, and thank you for following too. Gardens are such peaceful places to grow and spend time in.


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