Happy Independence Day Weekend!!
I've had this cactus now for so many years, I can't even remember the variety but when it blooms... oh - my - wow!
The bloom is actually bigger than the cactus stems.
For those of you that love gardening and cactus but are maybe newer to the high country, I know how tricky it can be.
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It's been a dry year. And warm.
This year we are so happy to have our summer monsoon season starting here in Northern Arizona - right on schedule.
This happy surprise is what happened 2 years ago right after the rains started. These wild morning glory vines just popped up and busted out all their beauty in a neglected spot of my garden at Juniper Hill Cottage here in Prescott, Arizona.
It's a special treat to see where they emerge each year and a welcome seasonal celebration.
This past week our monsoons thankfully appeared and today we had a massive storm. And, I'm starting to see the morning glories poke up out of the ground - in the weirdest places. Love it!
Enjoy the little surprises and look for the beauty all around you. Happy Monsoon!
After acquiring this amazing historic bungalow in 2010, the first challenge was coming up with a manageable game plan.
Sometimes it's just so hard to wait for your long-term vision to begin to take form. And we knew we were going to be here on weekends and taking our time with the first chapter of our life in this historic cottage.
So, we decided that in order to enjoy our time here for the next 8 or 9 years (until we could be here full-time and properly renovate), we would only tackle a list of must-do projects.
Bit by bit, on a budget while still living and working in Phoenix. Virtually 90% of it turned out to be DIY, and not just because we knew we could control the costs more that way.
The process requires tweaks and consideration as you go along - allowing for better flavors of your original idea, or the unforeseen snafu.
It takes a while to get acquainted with a new house and property. This can make it tricky to come up with the perfect layout and updates on day one. Where does the shade fall in late summer? What's the best flow for traffic through your home - given how you live and your style? Where's the best soil and conditions for your kitchen garden?
While it's tempting to just get to the end-point as quickly as possible, there's an advantage to taking it in measured steps - if you can stand it.
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