Friday, May 15, 2015

More of the Same

Maybe I should just say "ditto" to my last blog entry as today's news is mostly the same.
1.  Extraordinary weather for Arizona
2.  Beautiful cactus blossoms

We are normally in the mid to upper 90s by this time in May but the temperature remains in the perfect low 80s.  We LOVE it!!  This morning we sat on the patio for that morning coffee at a very cool 62 degrees.  There was a light wind making it feel even cooler.  We started out on our morning rounds but had to come home so Don could change clothes!  He was freezing so went from the normal shorts and t-shirt to jeans and a flannel shirt and hat.  I guess he's been in Arizona so long that his blood has thinned out.  LOL

 
Now we go from the weather to more cactus flowers.  I only get photos of the plants in front of people's homes as we drive around.
 
These pinkish red are beautiful.
 
 
....BUT this one wins the grand prize!  What a beautiful color!!  I counted 38 blossoms on this beauty with a couple more buds to open soon.  So sad that they only last such a short time.
 
 
Look at the color!!
 
 
This beauty is behind the house at Site 1821 on Oasis.  Thanks to Leroy and Barb Weaver for alerting us to the display.  If those of you who are still here want to see the blooms in person, stop by soon or you'll miss the exhibit.
 
 
I just discovered this species of flowering wonder called dipladenia.  This plant seems to blossom endlessly.  I am babysitting this plant for a special friend (Hi Nancy) so am concerned for its welfare.  Hopefully, I can keep it alive and well until she returns.  A gardening website reads as follows:
Rio dipladenias are easy to grow and will bloom all season long.  These gorgeous tropical plants can be enjoyed in containers, hanging baskets and garden beds. 
  • Blooms best in full sun a minimum of 4 hours of direct sunlight per day.
  • Grows 12" to 24" in height.
  • Allow soil to dry out in between watering.  Can tolerate some drought.
  • No deadheading required.  Blooms will fade and fall off. 
  • Rio blooms attract butterflies and hummingbirds.
 
 
Check out this gorgeous beauty in front of site 1614 along Cole Circle.  It's just gorgeous.
 
 
Speaking of blossoming plants.....our palm trees are doing really well all over the resort.  If you look closely at them, you can easily see the stalks shooting out from every tree that will soon burst into pretty white clouds of flowers.  I tried to circle the stalks in this photo so you see what I mean:

I reckon they'll start the huge task of trimming all the palms within the next few weeks.  They like to get an early start before the blossoms turn into the little black seeds that drop to the ground.  Palms take root rapidly and are then hard to get rid of.

We met up with John Blount this morning.  His company installs all the new park model homes in the park.  It sounds like he'll be bringing in at least 30 new homes this summer.  We'll start seeing heavy digging action soon.

Today John and his crew were walking from one new home to another doing an inspection to make sure everything was done right.
 
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I want one of these cameras.  Click on the link below.  Then double click on a spot, wait a few seconds, then click again.
 
The camera can identify a face among a multitude of people.
Place your computer’s cursor in the mass of people and double-click a couple times. 

Scary sharp!! 
    
   
http://www.gigapixel.com/mobile/?id=79995
 
(Thanks to Mark Nelson for sending this my way.)
 
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