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Flowers from the Last Month

This post is really just to check in, let you all know I’m still around, etc.  Spring is a very busy time of year for me (and for everyone in Moab, really).  I’m so glad it’s almost over.

Tomorrow is my birthday – another birthday.  *sigh*  I will be at work for the occasion, which is fine.

I wanted to share some photos of my plants in bloom over the last month or so with you all.  Hope you enjoy!

Anacampseros rufescens, Opuntia basilaris v. aurea, and Chamaecereus ‘White Peanut’

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Escobaria missouriensis, Gymnocalycium doppianum, Coryphantha vivipara v. vivipara

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Echinocereus caespitosus, Echinocereus reichenbachii, Echinocereus ‘Pinky’

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Matucana madisoniorum

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…and a few non-succulents.  Asiatic lily ‘Black Out’.  My Mothers’ Day rose bush from last year produced a rose on Mothers’ Day this year.  The last photo is my new Azalea, which was this year’s Mothers’ Day gift from Chris.  I love it!  It’s got beautiful flowers.  I don’t know what to do with it, though.  I am thinking about keeping it in a pot, and maybe bonsai-ing it in the future.  Still not sure, though.

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Thanks for visiting and commenting, everyone!  I will try harder to post more in the future.

– K

Arizona, Day Three (BTA)

Well, I know you’ve all been waiting on pins and needles for the post about our last day in Arizona.  Wait no further!  Here it is.

For our third day, we went to the Boyce-Thompson Arboretum near Superior, AZ.  It’s a little less than an hour’s drive from Phoenix, and utterly worth the time.  BTA is a really well put-together botanical garden, arboretum, and birding area.  I love it!  If I lived closer, I’d be there all the time.  Here are some photos from BTA, in no particular order.

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Here are a few photos from inside the glass house.  The second photo shows a beautiful Aloe striata v. karasbergensis.  The third photo shows the hole someone poked into one of its leaves with their thumb.  People are buttholes.

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The rest of the photos for this post are birds.  Below are a Phainopepla, a Verdin on an Agave, and Mrs. Anna’s Hummingbird.

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…and Mr. Broad-Billed Hummingbird (with pollen on his head), Mr. Costa’s Hummingbird, and Mr. Anna’s Hummingbird dining with Mr. Broad-Billed Hummingbird.

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Last but certainly not least, here’s Mr. Broad-Billed Hummingbird dining alone.  This is possibly the best photo of the day, maybe even the whole trip.

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Thanks for keeping up with and commenting on our annual Arizona trip!

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