Weekend Coffee Share – Beautiful Spring

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How would you like your coffee today? Weekend Coffee Share is a weekly post, that anyone is free to join, and add a post of their own. I was thinking that we could have our coffee date in my backyard this week. It’s still a little chilly in the mornings, but so beautiful. It’s hard to believe that it can be chilly when the sky is so blue, and the sun so strong. I thoroughly enjoy these cool mornings, and warm days.

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The signs of spring had me smiling all week.

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Blossom on the trees, new leaves budding. I agree with Tolstoy’s philosophy about spring.

Spring is the time of plans and projects. 
― Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

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I’ve been planting a variety of organic heirloom cherry tomatoes this week. They live inside the two mini greenhouses that we recently put together.

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The nights would of been too cold for them without the greenhouses. The day temperatures are from mid 60’s to low 70′ now, and will get higher rapidly with every passing week. The perfect time to start seeds! I wrote a post about heirloom seeds, versus hybrids earlier this week.

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I also planted these young Black Mission Figs this week, and moved them to the greenhouse. Gardening makes me so happy! I haven’t looked at as many horses for sale as I usually do..LOL… (Only a few Arabian Horses, as I think they would be most suitable for this climate, and I happen to love the breed. I’ve only looked at ads on the internet, not in person.) Would you like a refill on your coffee?

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I was gifted this planting table a while back, and it’s now standing in the corner of the backyard, that I envision that my container garden is going to take over really soon!

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I envision that the area between the planting table, and the tiny greenhouses is going to be filled with vegetables, and the two greenhouses homes to fruit tree propagation projects. A slight difference compared to the 1.3 acres garden I had last summer (that would of covered 2-3 streets in our neighborhood here in Vegas… LOL.) It is still a garden, and I am grateful.

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What is the weather like in your corner of the world? Any signs of spring? Or are you still enjoying a deep blanket of snow?

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My dog Gretchen is enjoying these marvelous days very much. She’s five now, and I notice a maturity in her, that wasn’t there last summer. She is a very good dog. I can’t bear to think about her ever growing old. I hope she has many many good years to look forward to.

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One of the things I enjoy about Saturday mornings here in Las Vegas, is watching the hot air balloons. There’s many of them, and some of them are there for our enjoyment every weekend morning. It’s a beautiful sight, seeing them in front of the Red Rocks. I can’t see the Red Rocks from my backyard, but I can see the hot air balloons as they are making their way towards the designated landing area. If I step out on the street I can see the Red Rocks as well. Have you ever been in a hot air balloon? I haven’t, but I think I would like to go for a ride in one, one day.

Tell me, how is your week so far? Any fun plans for the weekend? I’m waiting for some furniture from IKEA that I’m having delivered today. It’s a couple organizers for my daughter’s crafting things. They have quickly grown in number. She is really into crafting (the hot glue gun is used on a daily basis,) drawing, painting, sewing, woodcarving…you name it. I need to create a system for her things. I’ll involve her in the process, and she is always the one cleaning up her own things, but I want to help create a neater system than the one she has now. I think it’s great that she enjoys crafting, and I highly encourage that.

Oh, I almost forgot, we went to a movie night at my daughter’s school yesterday. It was great. She was very happy. They are awesome at creating simple, but fun small events for the kids. Very low key, and friendly. I’m so happy with her new school. Her teacher is great, and the school has high standards. They have high expectations on their students, and rank high among the national standards.

Have an amazing weekend!! I’ll leave you with some beautiful flowers I was surprised with at work earlier this week. Enjoy, and feel free to grab more coffee on the way out!

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Love,

Ms Zen

 

Amazing Nature – Desert – Joshua Trees

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Joshua Tree, outside Las Vegas (NV.)

Joshua trees are fascinating to look at, standing tall in the middle of the desert landscape. It looks like they are reaching up towards the sky. In fact they were named by mormon settlers, that crossed the Mojave Desert in the mid-19th century. The trees unique shape reminded them of a story in the Bible, where Joshua reaches his hands up to the sky in a prayer.

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Joshua trees in a desert landscape, along State Route 160, in southern Nevada.

These hardy little trees that grows in southern Nevada, southern California, and Arizona  are actually very sensitive to our current climate changes. Scientists believe that their numbers could be reduced by 90% by the end of this century. Which would have a huge impact on the ecosystem, probably more than we can understand today.

Joshua trees aren’t actually trees, they are succulents, a type of plant that stores water. In their dry ecosystems, however, they are considered trees of the desert. They have a complex root system that consists of deep and shallow root. Their deep roots can reach a depth of 10-30 feet (!) and collect water that no other plant can use. Pretty cool, don’t you think?

Joshua trees have been used for wood, and building materials for centuries. I think just looking at them is a treat. The way they reach up towards the sky is such a positive, hope giving gesture. Like they are giving thanks. I think they are  among the most interesting, fascinating plants in the desert. What do you think? Have you ever seen a Joshua tree? How do they make you feel?

It was cloudy yesterday when I took these pictures, and the light was kind of flat. It was a lot of fun experimenting with my new camera anyways, and enjoying nature at the same time. I hope you’re having a wonderful weekend!

 

Love,

Ms Zen