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May 26, 2012


Memorial Day Weekend — three days that signal the official beginning of Summer — is on now … and already ticking away. My first official act is to get up early to appreciate what’s new in the garden. My friend, June gloom, has arrived early this year, so just as I like, it’s overcast;  the sun peeking through fitfully. The cup of an aloe leaf captures a sudden blast in a pool left from last night’s watering.


Nearby, a stout little aloe has produced an impressive display of coral-colored blooms.


Our sometimes balky bougainvilleas have exploded with apricot-meets-salmon-hued bracts, their tiny white flowers barely noticeable in all the hot pink excitement.


Our Desert Museum palo verde tree is also in full-bloom explosion mode …


… we’ve never had this much color up so high that it can be seen over the fence … The bougie’s hot pink and the palo verde’s gold are a stirring sight as one drives up the hill toward the Rancho.


I’m sorry to say I don’t know what the name of this plant is, but it’s grown into spike-festooned towers outside the fence. Besides not knowing its name, I didn’t know it produced a deep magenta bloom, either. Can’t wait to see when they open …


And speaking of openings: On the 14th Street side of the property, a cactus bouquet is being offered to passing drivers and Mt. Rubidoux hikers. I’ve never seen so many blooms on this specimen before! Every morning this week it was killing me not getting a photo of it before heading to the train. I’m glad they’re still here to show you …

Three-day weekends are short sojourns, but I plan to fill mine with enjoyable, productive pursuits … however you fill yours, enjoy!

6 Comments leave one →
  1. May 26, 2012 4:07 pm

    just gorgeous! You’re inspiring me to actually get some plants into the ground that have been sitting around in a pot for month!

    • reubix1 permalink*
      May 26, 2012 4:21 pm

      Aloe plicarilis, maybe?!

  2. May 27, 2012 6:17 am

    Hi, the first cactus in question is Opuntia subulata, the second is Cereus peruvianus (the fruit is delish). And that Aloe looks like A. striata. 🙂

    • reubix1 permalink*
      May 27, 2012 12:33 pm

      Thanks, Dustin … I was beginning to think all my succulent brains had abandoned me!

  3. Judith Nelson permalink
    May 29, 2012 11:04 pm

    we have such natural beauty in Riverside and your blog continues to reinforce the possibilities– thank you so much!’

    • reubix1 permalink*
      May 30, 2012 2:31 am

      You’re welcome, as always … I’m happy you’re enjoying the blog!

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