I haven’t done much actual gardening this summer. Instead, I’ve been enjoying the fruit of our previous labor. The fact that it’s been in the high 90s every day for more weeks than I care to count also has something to do with it.
With work keeping me extra busy this year, all I often get are a few glimpses of the front yard in the golden light just minutes before sunset. Here are some of those moments captured with my camera.
Cleistocactus strausii and Agave vilmoriniana ‘Stained Glass’
Agave vilmoriniana ‘Stained Glass’
Gaillardia × grandiflora ‘Goblin’, needing deadheading but still going strong
Pineneedle milkweed (Asclepias linearia)
Sago palm (Cycas revoluta)
The larger of the two succulent mounds off the front porch
Ocotillo (Fouquieria splendens) just now losing its leaves in response to the heat and (relative) lack of water
Cowhorn agave (Agave bovicornuta)
Parodia magnifica, blooming for the 2nd time this summer
Echinopsis ‘Johnson Hybrid’, also blooming for the 2nd time this year
Echinopsis ‘Johnson Hybrid’
After such a long break in actual garden work, I’m eager for the summer to run its course so I can remove the casualties and replant those bare spots.