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The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. ―Edmund Burke


The ultimate boug’

A day late and a dollah short for flower pix: spring has done sprung, and all the pretty fleurs are already frying. We’ve had heat in the mid-90s…and this is just the middle of March!

I can’t turn on the watering system, because the effing city bases your summer, fall, and winter water & sewer rates on the amount of water you use in the springtime. So if you drain and refill  your pool anytime after the end of December, you not only pay $200 extra for the water, you get a year-long extra gouge for the privilege. That means you have to ration water through the end of May. AND the bastards are planning to jack up everyone’s rates by at least 2% this year. I do not know how I’m going to afford an extra ding like that: my summertime water bills are already as high as the  power bills, which are freaking exorbitant.

So right now I’m having to water all the plants by hand, a time-consuming nuisance since I have a lot of potted plants. Once temps get over about 90 degrees, a plant in a pot will die in less than a day if you don’t water it in the morning.  But if you water by hand, you do have a lot more control over how much gets poured on which plant.

(Click on the images to see their full glory.)

The plants burst forth in great ecstasy after the winter deluge was followed by this spring’s heat wave. The citrus are covered with perfumed flowers while the winter crop of oranges, lemons, and limes still cling to the branches.

The oranges, in particular, have been incredible this winter. Each piece of fruit is like juicy candy, it’s so sweet and delicious. I was much relieved that the GERD finally settled down enough that I can eat the oranges — for a time, it looked like oranges and orange juice were to be a thing of my past. At this time of year I’ll eat five or six oranges at a sitting, They are so good, and there are so many of them, you have to pork them down as fast as you can eat them to avoid a lot of loss.

{chortle!} If it’s true that vitamin C fends off flu and cold germs, presumably I would have croaked over by now if I hadn’t been able to scarf down this year’s crop. 🙄

Cassie and Ruby like the oranges, too. They don’t eat them fresh, but snarfle around under the trees in search of dead, mummified oranges, which they carry into the house, hide in their nests, and at their leisure chew up into stinky messes for the human to clean up.

Citrus connoisseur

Thrashers also like oranges, it develops. When they find one on the ground, they poke a beak-sized hole in it and slurp out the juicy innards.

Those blue bulb things I bought at the Depot and planted last fall popped out of the ground and indeed did produce wonderful little deep blue blossoms. They indeed are holding their own against the Mexican primrose, as are the red flower thingies whose name I don’t recall but which reseeded themselves and came up, shivering with plant joy, with the rains.

It’s quite the little jungle in the poolside flowerbed, but I expect everything but the Mexican primrose, an extremely hardy weed ornamental, will fry after the weather gets much hotter.

Other bulbs also have come to life, including (briefly) these beautiful iris, which inhabit the front porch as well as one of the flowerbeds flanking the barbecue…

I have no idea what these things are — some kind of bulb, found at some nursery or on some Home Depot rack far back in the mists of time — but they are gorgeous!

Yellow is the desert’s favorite color. That’s not surprising, since the Sonoran Desert is the world’s richest bee habitat. Bees particularly relish the color yellow. Hence mounds, twigs, and sprigs of yellow flowers:

Here are some that decided to grow under the protection of a man-eating agave…

As we scribble, the Myer lemon is humming with honeybees. I can’t even imagine what kind of honey the little gals must make from those unbelievably sweet flowers. At this time of year, the air is filled with the perfume of citrus, and the little alien European bees are beside themselves with insect ecstasy.

Oh well. I must send off the completed editorial project to the client — now, not later. And call the glasses guy to find out what happened to the expensive specs I ordered before this damn cold descended on me, which was quite some time ago. And water all these plants, yes, by hand. And perform the daily pool brush-down — it’s working! not a single sign of wall moss in all this crazy heat! — and contemplate the possibility of diving into that pool, which is now almost warm enough to swim in. And read a friend’s manuscript — a freebie, but I figure you catch more flies with molasses (etc.).

And so, away!

Seen any flowers in your part of the country?


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  1. We’ve got tons of blooming plants and flowers in Arkansas. Many Bradford pear trees are planted around Little Rock/N. Little Rock and they bloomed two weeks ago. Also have tons of Redbud trees. I miss the Mimosa trees that used to be so widespread when I was growing up. They smelled heavenly in the spring!
    I’m also so grateful that we are now on Daylight Savings Time. I hate the shorter hours of sunlight in the fall/winter. If I have to go longer than a couple of days without sunlight, I’m just not a lot of fun to be around. ;o)

    • So you didn’t get a cold snap in that area, with the ballyhooed East Coast snowstorm?

      Mimosas will grow here, oddly enough. You don’t see many, though. I imagine they require more water than most people are willing to pour on the ground.

      • Our winter was warmer and more rainy than usual. Definitely less snow and ice than normal, although we’ve never gotten much in central/southern Arkansas. It’s the northern/northeastern part of the state that has more winter weather, but they didn’t get much ice/snow, either.

  2. Some yards around here are looking lovely, but mine currently suffers a lack of flowering plants. There is an ornamental pear in the backyard that has been blooming and spreading it’s stink around, but other than that I only have roses and they aren’t near bloom yet.

    I have grand plans for this yard, but it will take a few years to get it there. If only I had unlimited amounts of money…

    • Yah, the original landscaping job was pretty bracing. However, xeric landscaping pays for itself pretty quickly. There was no WAY I could afford a lawn, even back when I had a decent job. I think I figured the landscaping would pay for itself in about 18 months. And it has.

      With the city jacking up the water bills steadily, though, I don’t know how I can keep on watering the trees and shrubs I do have. Summer bills that match or exceed the gawdawful power bills will not be do-able. In another couple of years, the choice I guess will be either to move into an apartment or to get a bulldozer in here and pull out about two-thirds of this stuff. Ain’t it grand to have other folks determining what you’ll do with your life?

  3. All these great pics of flowers…I thought you lived in the desert?

    • The Sonoran desert is spectacularly beautiful after normal rains. This winter’s rains were more like what we used to have all the time, and so everything has burst back into bloom.

      It’s the richest bee habitat in the world. And we have the richest populations of bee species in the world…or we did until we started blading up the desert at the rate of an acre an hour.