In the Garden…dollar store plants, making a hanging planter and painting rock cottages.

It is so hot here in Arizona. Today as I write this post a little early then when it will be posted, it was a record breaking day with dangerous temps. In Arizona you would think that we all would have mass amounts of Vitamin D in our systems because of all our sunny days, but we don’t spend a lot of time outside because of the heat. We have low vitamin D in our systems because of that.

If you can get up early, between 5-8am then you can get some outside work done before it gets too hot.

For the next several months, until late October that is, there will not be a whole lot going on in our Arizona garden. We will be going through what we call our hard months, trying to keep things alive. We’ll loose some plants. This is an Arizona summer.

This month I picked up some plants from the 99 cent store.

A giant grasshopper was snacking on some of my succulents.

I also bought a pretty little hanging pot from the dollar store that had cacti on it.

I had an old tin pot from some plants I had awhile ago and I bought some extra wire plant hangers to add to it. Drilled some holes in the tin pot and painted some flowers on it. That was my re-purposing project for the month.

With the extra hanging chains , I switched out other pots around my garden. I forget to do that last summer and broke a couple pots that were hanging when their ropes gave out.

We found the giant grasshopper that was eating my succulents. It flew in front of my husband one morning and the chickens got it. My husband said he never saw anything so big. It was about 5-6 inches and thick.

My rose bush is struggling, along with my daughter’s Lavender. I moved the pots together, figuring they could keep each other company while they decide on whether or not they will leave our Arizona desert summer. I can’t blame them really…it is HOT here. I believe I have already told you all that. I moved them to the shade, lets see if that helps. This is what happens when you have container gardens. The pots get too hot, the roots bake if you don’t water them enough…your plants die.

Another thing I did this month was to finally get around to painting some river rocks I picked up from Cherry creek behind Our Little Red House up north. For some reason that little town up there is trending. Used to be very private. It’s in the middle of no where Arizona. Now the creaks, the swimming holes, the trails and woods, lakes…it’s all over social media. The townspeople are not happy about that though. They are very private up there…very private.

Up at the river they had lots of triangle shaped rocks that I brought back with me to the city, which are perfect for little cottages.

I painted my old garden table that I have had for many years. It looks pretty in the garden, even beat up, just rustic. Most people would have probably tossed this old table by now.

I have a variety of pots that I have been collecting over the years.

I have more mosaics to finish in the garden. I have a few projects I want to do.

I started work on a bird bath. Just a little. I might buy a small motor to somehow make a fountain for it.

I mostly only have blue and yellow broken pieces of glass. I used what I had, trying to save money.

June in the garden is a time to just hang out and relax. Lazy summer days. Baby doves are still showing up in the garden watching me in the pool. Probably trying to figure out what I am. They are so adorable now that they know how to use those wings of theirs.

Every now and then a bee will pop into the pool and I will have to rescue it. It is quiet out in the garden in the middle of the day. The sounds of the city get lost like background music to the lead singers of this show…the songs from nature.

That’s about it for this month. Just swimming, trying to keep everything alive and that includes leaving plenty of water for the wild critters that visit our city garden. Oh, I almost forgot, the ants have taken over. They never bother my husband, ever. My poor feet have been bitten so many times, and now the ants are showing up uninvited into our home…mean little buggers. They’re taking dips in the swimming pool too. So rude, they are the worst house guest. Reminds me of that Christmas movie Gremlins. And some more bees showed up. Now we have another hive hanging in the tree above the pool. Right under the tree where I hang out watching the doves. My husband laughed and started calling me the bee whisperer.

“ What…how? I’m not doing anything”

“ I don’t know, they just show up around you” my husband answered back.

“ Well I could do without the ants, they are so mean” I say

Apparently bees and ants are swarming everywhere like crazy right now. I don’t believe is spraying cancer chemicals everywhere to kill them so we are all just going to have to figure out how to get along.

Happy gardening adventures everyone.

11 Comments Add yours

  1. Michele Lee says:

    Your photos are lifelike! 😍 Have a wonderful weekend!

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    1. Thank you Michele. I love sharing a little bit of our life here through the photos, hopefully it feels a little like you are there. Just sharing a bit of Arizona with the world. So fun watching vlogs of people shop and their lives from around the world. I love the photos you all share from your own adventures too.

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      1. Michele Lee says:

        You are welcome. Learning about the world through this platform is a gift. 😊 Enjoy your weekend!

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      2. I know, that is so true, so many fun things to see and learn on here. Have a beautiful weekend too.

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  2. Finally I get to stop by and see what’s going on in your corner of the world and as usual am speechless seeing what you’re up to and how you’re always making something beautiful from so little. You are remarkable … not only as an artist, but as a person!

    I can’t imagine how you manage to deal with all of that heat! I actually had to start the wood stove yesterday as it was only 12 degrees Celsius here, but today it was 25 … and that’s enough for me.

    I hope you and your family are finding your ways to survive this summer, oh and I love your story about the bees and you as the “bee whisperer” !

    Stay sane, stay safe and hugs from me to you

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    1. I was just thinking about you all over there in Canada the other day. I still have my soaps you made and they are so pretty I never used them, they are in my craft cabinet/China cabinet. You know, they still smell really strong, never lost their fragrance. It is hot here but we actually had a tiny bit of rain and clouds the other day so that was so nice. My cousin just got back from vacationing in Maine with her family and now she wants to move there, she told me I would love it as there are trees and lakes everywhere. It gets cold there and they have snow so being as I am what they call an Arizona desert rat I think it would be hard to get used to snow but I do love how it looks, so beautiful and peaceful looking. I hope you all are well too, crazy days in the world now. So happy to see your comments as always. With the way the world us now days it is always nice hearing from a friend. Big hugs back to you and Frank and I can’t believe I forgot your new little dogs name, such an adorable one too, so much personality. I was never good with names. Have a beautiful week over there, stay safe yourself.


  3. ourcrossings says:

    wow, your garden is so beautiful and a real feast for the eyes. Gardening inspires us to work during our leisure and creates a taste for refinement and purity. It takes us away from the world of sorrow and sadness, rush and tension. Thanks for sharing and have a good day 🙂 Aiva xx

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    1. That is such a beautiful way of describing a garden, thank you. It is very relaxing.

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  4. Jaya Avendel says:

    How delightful these happy, summery photos are! ❤

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