Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Feeling Usless

The quilting slump is still here. In fact, I am not doing anything! My rag rug is sitting waiting for the next row, and I am not too into that either. Wish I could say my house was clean and my bills paid but, that is not happening either. I will blame it on the weather but, I think I need a good kick in the pants to get me going. Maybe tomorrow?

Promised more of the flowers who make a statement in the AZ heat. This one is about as loud a statement as you can find. We don't have one of these grand bushes but my neighbors do. (bet they were wondering what crazy Norma was doing taking a close up of a bush in their front yard on the way back from the mail box!) I think this is a Mexican Bird of Paradise. If any of you know different, let me know. It really draws humming birds but also draws bees and wasps in great numbers, which is why the great white hunter does not want one.....darn!




This is a Bougainvillea. They are popular plants in the Southwest because they thrive in the heat. They come in other colors also. They also have nasty thorns. I asked the great white hunter son #2 about the huge one he has in his back yard the other day and he said it was doing fine. Then he said it was "evil". It is a very messy plant when it is in full bloom..........a big, beautiful splash of color but the flower petals are paper thin and drop to the ground leaving a constant mess. I love them anyway. You can't have that much beauty without paying some price for it. Same for the bees and wasps. I just showed a few flowers because the plant is heat stressed and not covered like it will be in the Fall and Spring.


7 comments:

Granny Lyn said...

These blossoms are so different than what we see this time of year, I really should take my camera out and show you the glory in my yard!!

yesterday my brother and my best friend were over and we had pie on the deck, and I was soooo proud of my yard....what a treat!!!

Carol VR said...

Those paper-thin flowers look like tissue paper. So sweet.

Oh and by the way, I'll be there aback the next camel to kick ya in the rear... just kidding.

It's been remarkable hot here too and I've experienced the same slump. I'm so far behind I've yet to see the light.

Amelia said...

Norma, it is probably the weather that has you in the dumps...to hot to do anything outside. I think everyone of us goes thru a spell every now and then like this. This too shall pass.

Loved the flower pics...so pretty.

Stay cool...

Amelia

Belvie said...

I've never seen a Mexican Bird of Paradise, but the color combo makes me think of my lantana. The Bougainvillea reminds me of my grandmother. She had a huge, bright pink one in her yard. Your son is right...they have some pretty nasty thorns, but the flowers sure are pretty.

Purple Pam said...

Those flowers are beautiful. And it is amazing how anything can live in the sweltering heat in Arizona. I had a hard time managing the heat. I can appreciate what the flowers deal with in the summer time.

Patty said...

The Nexican Bird of Paradise is new to me. It looks pretty. We has a huge, thorny Bougainvillea in the yard at the house I grew up in. I have loved them ever since. I'm glad you shared more flower pictures. :)

Patty said...

Nexican = Mexican (Yes, I'm anal about typos!)