Yes, these roses were also in Descanso Gardens. A bright, pink square for Becky and Jude and all of you to brighten your Tuesday…or maybe Wednesday, depending on where you live. And if you look at the rose-to-be in the back left, well, this bud’s for you. πŸ™‚

Let me add Cee’s FOTD (Flower of the Day) as well. πŸ™‚

β€œLife, when it was good, was indeed pink. La vie en rose.”
― Lydia Michaels, La Vie en Rose: Life in Pink

for Life in Colour: pink and Squares: bright

for One Word Sunday: blob

Color in April is different in Arizona than in every other place I’ve lived, starting from ground level up. Except for Steamboat Springs where April was mud season, April almost everywhere else starts with a carpet of green grass covered or at least dotted in many places by innumerable wildflowers. Not so in Arizona where in populated areas grass is replaced by a layer of rocks with individual or small groups of plants dotting it, and in the desert, not much of anything with the same individual or groups of plants. There is grass, but it requires large amounts of water, something I find irresponsible when you live in a desert.

Be that as it may, we were blessed in our rental house because we have a great variety of plants. Most of the other rentals I viewed had nothing in the backyard and I mean nothing, nothing but “dirt” and “dirt” here is a cement-like thing called caliche, nothing like in the Midwest where you can easily sink a shovel into the earth almost anywhere. One of the nicknames of caliche is “hardpan” for a reason.

But that doesn’t mean there isn’t beauty and color, such as this yellow trumpet bush which just showed up one day in a corner where it appeared nothing was growing, a welcome surprise! We have another much larger bush of these and an enormous one with orange flowers.

Red yucca isn’t really yucca (go figure) but its flowers are beautiful. There are streets with a row of these along the side which makes for very attractive landscaping.

As far as I can ascertain, this is Britton’s wild petunia, one of the flowers the bees love but one that can be invasive.

You can’t have a colorful April in Arizona without the spectacular flowers and fruits found on the cacti that are everywhere. There may be thorns on many plants but there’s also luxurious beauty and sometimes food, as in the case of the fruit of the prickly pear cactus you see here. These will open up.

Finally, there are these short-blooming, one day, flowers found on the trumpet cactus. Our cactus is small, but welcomed us with three rounds of gorgeous flowers when we moved here just over a year ago and has already has two flowers this year.

Now that we’ve seen some of the April color in our backyard, have a seat on the patio and just relax for a bit. I’m always happy when you stop by and I have some delicious jasmine green tea if you’re so inclined or some iced English breakfast.

for Six Word Saturday, Squares: bright, and Life in Colour: pink

And bright glorious light for today’s “Square” entry, once again from Descanso Gardens in southern California.

Let’s fly back to Flagstaff again this week where perhaps we can escape our week of temperatures in the 90’s (Fahrenheit, of course.) Besides the doors we’ve already seen in previous posts, this mural hides a few more, two in fact. Let’s look a little closer.

It’s easy to get distracted by the mural, sort of like not seeing the forest for the trees.

But what an amazing forest! Very appropriate for the side of a theater/theater, don’t you think?

for Thursday Doors 4.8.21

Two challenges, one photo

Posted: April 7, 2021 in Uncategorized

Of course we have Becky’s Squares all month and now Jude has announced her colour/color for April: pink. In the interest of posting only once a day whenever possible, I offer you this bit of spring pink from our life in Illinois. And if you think this worked out well, wait until Saturday when in the spirit of being all things to all people, I’m also going to add Six Word Saturday and meet three challenges with one photo. πŸ™‚ Small joys.

for Squares: bright and Life in Colour: pink

Descanso Gardens has the perfect plant background to show off a giant swallowtail butterfly. The sun cooperated to light it up!

for Squares: bright

On the night of the conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn, we went to a nearby park. While waiting, we walked around the small lake. These bright green colors are lights on the roofs of several of the structures. We enjoyed both the conjunction and the night out.

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