My Stellar Green Thumb

I just had to share my fabulous sunflowers from the backyard.  Why I think they’re so fabulous is because they are actually growing in the SUMMER in PHOENIX!  Only the strong and drought-resistant brave the hell-like temperatures here.  Behold, The Ochre Goddess tasting the morning light:

And her six inch tall sister, Sunny Delight:

Yellow is such a happy color.  Maybe that’s why I’m drawn to sunflowers.  Now, before you go on thinking I’m a stellar gardener…. I must confess to smoke and mirrors with my photography.  Here is the truth for all to see.  Not a blade of a bad weed is growing in my “flower bed” (term used loosely) under the palm tree.  Even the third flowerless sunflower plant is on the outside of the brick that borders the “flower bed.” These beauties seeded themselves and are growing in the rocky border of our yard. 

But hey, any flower is good in my books.  Please stop by in November when my real green thumb is a bit more evident. Oh, and here’s Lizzy, one of our family of lizards that eat the bugs in the yard.  She is hiding on the wall behind the oleander, but I spotted her.  Her scales are amazingly colorful… well, for a lizard in the Sonoran Desert.  Aren’t they supposed to blend in for safety?  There are teal scales above her arms and the yellow scales seem to be in perfect patterns like the horse moves in chess.  God is so cool.

Here are two other happy flower pictures from Bishop, California…. on our 15 hour drive to Tahoe.  The first, The Lone Giant

The second, A Bashful Hollyhock hiding from the afternoon Sun.

Garden Strong, my Friend.

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4 Responses to “My Stellar Green Thumb”

  1. The Informal Matriarch Says:

    if you can garden in November then you need not complain!! ha ha ha

  2. The Informal Matriarch Says:

    ps I love your lizard…I wish I had lizards in my yard….skads of them.

  3. rixgal Says:

    No, Leah, you have slugs. Skads of them. It’s the Canadian substitute for a yard reptile. Sorry.

  4. The Informal Matriarch Says:

    dang I guess I shouldn’t be poisoning them though hey? But I’m sure lizards wouldn’t be eating my DAHLIAS!!!!!!

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