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Beautiful Weather!

Moab’s weather has been beautiful for the past several days.  Today it went up to 70°F.  Yesterday, too.

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For the last two days, we’ve been doing yard work.  As any of you with a sizable yard and lots of trees know, this isn’t a quick chore.  We’ve cleaned up most of the leaves, and I cleaned out the flower beds, where there are already tulips, daffodils and hyacinths poking through the soil.

Below is my back yard flower bed, where last spring, I moved as many bulbs from all other beds as I could.  What you see poking up in the first picture are bearded irises.  A lovely peach color.

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I also gave this Juniper tree in the middle of the back yard a haircut.  Now it looks like a tree!  Yay!  Photos below are before and after.

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I was happy to see that my little Mother’s Day rosebush from Chris made it through the winter.  I planted it in the ground last summer, and it’s been struggling, but it looks like it’s going to do well this year.

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Here’s a view of the gorgeous day, looking toward our neighbor to the southeast.

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That was all yesterday.  Today, we raked all the leaves from the front yard.  Whew.  Glad THAT’S over.  Oh, and check out my trophy blisters!

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Thanks for stopping by, reading, and commenting!

– Katie

 

LA County Arboretum

Yesterday, I went to the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden.  I haven’t been there since about 1999.  It was a hazy day, so none of the photos turned out really great except for close-ups.

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When I arrived, the parking lot was not too full, which was great.  I walked in the entrance, and the lady at the desk said it was their free day.  That was nice, but I immediately was worried it would be like Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix on their free day.  WAY too busy!  As it ended up, there weren’t very many people there at all.

In the parking lot, there was a big sign advertising that the ‘Aloe Walk’ was in bloom.  Yay!

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The next thing I noticed was that there were peacocks EVERYWHERE!  I’ve never seen so many peacocks in one place before.  There were also Canada Geese, and some Guinea fowl.

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The geese were just in one place, and lots of people were checking them out.  They didn’t seem too interested in the people.

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Oh, and the Guinea hens.  Who wouldn’t love this prehistoric, dinosaur-looking face?!

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I guess that brings us to the Aloes.  What an amazing display!  Big ones, small ones, medium-sized ones.  All blooming.

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Below is Aloe speciosa.  It’s one of my favorites, as far as Aloe blooms go.

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Here is a non-Aloe shot – part of the desert garden:

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Look, Mom – FIGS!  I almost harvested them, but oh, yeah…Botanical Gardens don’t usually smile on people picking their wares.

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Other than the geese, peacocks, and guineas, there were bunches of other birds, but the only one I got a decent picture of is this Allen’s hummingbird.

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Look, a tourist!  A nice lady with a cute little girl took my picture for me, and I took one of the two of them.

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…and look what I got for walking across the grass!  That’s right, it’s GOOSE POOP!

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Thanks, everyone, for stopping by and looking at and commenting on my goose poop (and YES, those are my brand new shoes)!

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