Tuesday, June 18, 2013

This Week In Our Backyard

Come on out back -
out in the Arizona heat where we'll have a little look around...

In our backyard lives a giant eucalyptus tree. I swear it's the tallest one in our neighborhood. When we moved into this house (almost two years ago) I started nagging encouraging Doug to see about getting it trimmed down. My fear was that during a wind storm, branches would surely break off and crush someone/something below it. Wow - you should see this thing sway and bend in the wind. Anyway, an arborist looked at it and told Doug it was the healthiest looking eucalyptus in the neighborhood and not to worry. Of course, I still worry.


And see those little bunches of seeds or berries or whatever-the-heck-they-are in the photo above? The wind blows and these things fall like rain all over the place - mess!


The birds and lizards love this tree. I think it's like their own separate eco-system. Really.

And here's a little peek at this summer's sunflower crop, and our lawn that is struggling to take hold right now. Poor Doug, he's tried just about everything and we're finally getting some green out there...
 
And, for real, Lucky? No respect, I tell ya...


Ridiculous. And eucalyptus leaves on the ground.


And loveliness.


Phew - it's hot out here.
Time to go inside...

15 comments:

Robyn said...

I read this and thought "really. How hot could it be?" so I googled your weather.

HIGH OF 108??? Is that still planet earth??

And you're getting those temperatures ALL WEEK!!

So, in New England, in the winters, people have these remote control car starters to get the heater going a few minutes before they have to get in their cars. Do you have the same thing for the a/c?

I just can't imagine regular temperatures of 108.

Maybe you should do a post of how you do your day-to-day in that heat. Or do you just sweat? ;)

Karen said...

For about 2/3 of the year, I'm envious of your weather. For the summer, I'll stay right here (even with all the rain we've had!) Your yard looks great.

Fiona@staring at the sea said...

Thanks for the snoop around your back yard. I just cannot comprehend those temperatures!! We have the opposite problem with our lawn. It's resembling a meadow right now, complete with buttercups!

Cheri said...

Please tell me it is a little cooler by the beginning of October? I would DIE in that weather! There has to be some sort of award for having the biggest, oldest, healthiest eucalyptus tree in the neighborhood, right? Can't you do something crafty with all those leaves? Or maybe use them as mulch in the flower beds to keep Lucky from digging??? We had 85 degrees and humid yesterday and I was pretty miserable (we don't turn on the AC until it hits 90) Here's hoping we both get some relief!

scrappyjacky said...

I feel a bit like Fiona...and I'm impressed with just how much you manage to grow in those temperatures!!!

Becky said...

Love, love, love the photo of Lucky!!

debs14 said...

You see, I moan about the English weather but there is no way I could cope with those temperatures! How would you cope without air conditioning?
I can't believe how much colour you manage to grow in that heat. Lovely garden.

Karen said...

What a lovely glimpse into your garden and how happy Lucky looks despite his little digging habit.

Alison said...

Love your bird house! We had temps of about 105 for a couple of weeks last year, and it was pretty awful...90 is about as high as I can cope with, without having to spend all my time indoors with air on or fans!
Alison xx

Abi said...

I would love your heat! I am so disappointed with how the English summer is turning out!

Miriam said...

I love the birdhouse too and the eucalyptus and don't know how you cope in that heat but your garden looks good...

Sian said...

We had a couple of hot days - by our standards - recently and it did give me pause for thought. I'm not sure how I would cope with it all the time. Never happy, eh? I do love a touch of the sun coming to me from Arizona though!

Maria Ontiveros said...

Thanks for the tour - I love the wall hanging. We have lots of eucalyptus in the neighborhood, but thankfully none in our yard. I wouldn't have thought of them in Arizona.
This reminds me that I need to go water.
Rinda

alexa said...

Your flowers are doing beautifully in that heat! The eucalyptus looks wonderful. I remember the sound of the rustling of their leaves in the wind ...

Gail said...

Your garden is looking great with all that heat. I'm thinking this week is bad enough here but there's no way I could take that heat. As it is I'm trying to stay inside as much as possible this week with the humidex at 40C.

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