The Garden Has Been Busy


The garden has been busy. This year Dale sent me the first ever flowers on the Yellow Brugmansia. The color is rich and deep. The flower pods were hidden beneath the large leaves and surprised me —at first I only noticed one—several days later I spotted the second pod. The other gift that thrilled me was flowers on the Texas Mountain Laurel—I had heard that the flowers smelled like grape candy or gum—–well that’s exactly what I experienced. It was a real treat. The flowers look like a larger Lilac bloom. The water lilies delight me every day as do the other flowers and plants. We have two Banana bunches that are almost ready to pick. The loquat tree was full of fruit as were both Peach trees. I wish I could send every one of you a Peach to experience the juicy fresh taste. Plums are ripening as are the few Apricots and Almonds. Oh and how can I forget the Mangos–lots of Mangos. I couldn’t photograph everything this time around—maybe next time. There are six pages of photos.


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  1. Oh My Gosh your blooms are gorgeous. I am not sure my Brugmansia is going to make it. Been fighting spider mites and now it is going steadly down hill. Hopely it will hang on so it can get out side into the sun. I sure do enjoy your beauties. You always make my day when your beauties apear.

  2. Miriam Admin on

    Marie—the banana is an apple banana tree (manzana). Lots of bees—big mess under the banana flower—very sticky. The smells from the peach tree are wonderful. The pond is small—about 4 ft. by 8 ft. It gets a little crowded from time to time. Enjoy—Miriam

  3. Oooh, so beautiful! Wish I could be there with you! I Love the banana tree! I hope mine fruits like yours! What kind is it? You must have many bees! I bet the smells are heavenly! How big is the pond?Must be big to have all the lilies! Thank-You!

  4. Every time I look at these Mother Nature’s gifts I forget to comment on the rest of your letter. Well, this time you made me feel the taste of a juicy Peach watering my mouth. And then, Plums and Apricots… same thing. Thank you for such a delicious letter!

  5. Gloria Baikauskas on

    Miriam, so spectacular these photos! I am so glad you are posting them again. So inspiring. Missed you and them.


  6. Great way to start the week. The colors and the smells must be fantastic as one walks thru them. Lucky you. Here on the Baja we rely on indigenous plants like cactus and succulents for color. Brittle bush, Lupine, Desert sand verbena and palo verde trees also contribute to the color. This would be a great area to grow roses but the water situation negated that idea. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Anuga Herbst on

    Good Morning,
    How wonderful it is to start the week with such a treasure in Dale’s garden.
    The colorful flowers are feast to your eyes. The many wonderful fruits make your mouth water.
    Thanks so much.

  8. Water Lily’s and Duranta are my favorites.. Mtn Laurel is pretty cool as well

  9. This morning’s selection are all so gorgeous, altho I do particularly like the Texas Mountain Laurel – we have Mountain Laurel in CT, too:)

    I’m curious to know what kind of upkeep is required in Dale’s garden? While it’s a labor of love, it’s gotta be a lot of work at the same time.