Tuesday, April 19, 2011

April Notes

We’ve had an early start to summer this month with temps in the 90s instead of the expected normal 80s.  While we’re “suffering” through a little discomfort, I hear the folks up north are still in snow banks and the folks out east are ducking tornadoes.  Guess I won’t complain about a little unexpected warmth.  The weather man promises back to normal 80s next week. 

rose garden

rose gardenThe roses are in bloom by the rose garden statues.  I like to stop by there on occasion to take a close look at the area and just enjoy the flowersscenery.  There are many different color roses there under the palm trees but my favorite is definitely this lilac color.  It just looks so delicate. 


The sidewalk flowers are still pretty but their brilliance is drawing to a close as they just can’t survive the summer heat.  Soon the water will be turned off and they will fade away until pulled and recycled.  We enjoy them while we can. 


I see the landscape crews go past with their trailer filled with pots they’ve collected after folks leave and return their “pots of petals”.  The “to do” list never ends as there is always another project to tackle.  They are also busy trimming trees and shrubs that were hit by the hard frost we had this winter. 

Trim Landscape blog      Trim Landscape blog

Our vegetable gardens are doing well.  We still meet every Thursday to help with chores, learn some new gardening tidbits from Jim Dawson, AND harvest whatever crops are ready for picking.  I’ve never seen an artichoke plant before so it is really interesting to watch them mature. 

artichokes      Garden artichokes      Jim Dawson Garden  

I’m guessing that the gardens will be even more popular next season as word gets out about our supply of delicious fresh veggies.  I hope there are plans for more beds.


We’re on summer hours now so the construction crews start coming in a little earlier to begin working on all the projects.  There are new village homes going up at 1246 and 1251 on Shimmering Sands Lane plus a couple park model homes around other areas of the park.  There seem to be numerous site improvement projects as well.  It’s nice to see the park doing so well.

Shimmering Sand Lane new village home    Shimmering Sand Lane new village home    across street from 332

New Pool Tables in the Billiards Room!!


All the Palm Creek pool sharks are really excited about the FOUR new pool tables recently installed in the billiards room!  They’re like little kids at Christmas time as they watch the delivery and assembly of the tables.  Assembly is no small task as these are big deluxe tables and must be installed properly.  I’ll post a whole series of photos so you can watch the progress.  The two front tables were moved to the back of the room and the older tables were removed.

The above photos are posted with the new Windows Live photo album so I hope it works well for you.  Just click on “view slide show”.  I don’t think you need to actually download the photos.  By the way, any time you want to get a better view of a picture, just click on it and it will open up in a larger size for viewing.  When done, just click the “back” button to resume reading the blog.

Hope you enjoyed these April tidbits of park news.  I’ll be out and about like a roving reporter in the upcoming weeks.

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