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I was recently at an event where succulents were put in vases and used as centerpieces. I was very hopeful that I’d be able to snag some of them. But I had to wait until the end of the event when the florist returned, so I could ask permission.
Sure enough, the florist told me they would be thrown away. I was ready – I’d already picked out the ones that I wanted, so when I got the greenlight, I scooped them up and brought them home with me. A good score, if you ask me. I couldn’t stand the thought of them getting tossed in the garbage!
Now, now, here, have some flowers to cheer you up:
It seems that someone has discovered the local farmers’ market. The market brought a sense of normalcy, which was great.
In other news, felt my first (and hopefully last) earthquake last night. I’m still a little unnerved just thinking about it. It wasn’t very strong, but when you’ve never experienced the ground shaking before, it doesn’t matter how strong or not strong. Although, I should say that I have a new appreciation for anyone who lives in areas that get quakes regularly. I don’t know how they do it – I was in total fear of aftershocks striking at any moment. Quite the helpless feeling. Not at all pleasant.
Have you ever felt an earthquake? How long did the fear stick with you afterward?
My little ragtag backdoor garden:
Featured are: A rosemary plant, a Euphorbia milii (the cuttings I brought back from Florida – they’re doing so-so these days, better since they’ve arrived outdoors), a poppy plant, my citrus tree, basil, and a Lantana plant.
The citrus tree has been struggling. She lost a LOT of leaves during the move to Phoenix. Wanh, wanh, wanh.
But she held on to the one fruit she produced before the move. A fruit that I naively believed would turn yellow any day:
A fruit that never did turn yellow. Which means it’s a lime, not a lemon. Which means the tree I bought had been mislabeled. I had my suspicions when the fruits from last year didn’t yellow, and of course, tasted like limes. But after that harvest, I forgot all about them.
The tree has actually started to do better, putting out new leaves, now that it’s outdoors. Citrus trees in outdoor Phoenix are a good fit – it should do really well here.
But now I want a lemon tree. And maybe an orange tree, too.