Summer brings one of my favorite things–Nighttime Zoo. The big cats are usually prowling their cages, their calls echoing across the canyons. Mr. P and I made a quick trip to the Zoo on Friday to check out the new Koalafornia exhibit. The koalas have a new home right across the way from their old one. But this one is airy and much bigger. The walkway to view them is expansive which means more people get a chance to hang out and watch them eat and sleep. It also means better picture taking opportunities.However, my camera seems to hone in on flora every time. These giant hibiscus are hard to miss, situated inside the entrance in front of the flamingos. Talk about inspiration! Just look at those colors. Don’t they make you itch to create?
The succulent garden is almost done–just in time for the real heat of summer to arrive. I know it won’t be long before lizards make themselves at home in here. At that point I’ll have to keep an eye out for a certain black cat.Don’t you just love all those pink flowers on the rock purslane? I never get tired of seeing their long wavy stems and bright pink flowers. More pink is showing up here. Once everything fills in, it will be quite a riot of color and texture in this garden. It’s even better than I planned.
How was your weekend? Did any of your well laid plans see action?
June ended on a productive note here at Casa P. The West is suffering a heat wave but being on the coast means much milder temperatures. That’s not to say Mr. P and I weren’t complaining about heat. We seemed to jump right from very mild temps to very warm ones with no acclimation time. Despite that, things got done in the backyard.We love the rock purslane in our succulent garden. So do the bees and hummingbirds. Watching the yellow bumble bees load up on the pollen is a great start to any day. After the Home Depot run, we had three more to plant, along with several other succulents. And since we can’t seem to get enough Australian natives in the yard, we just had to pick up two Joeys. This is Ptilotus exaltatus.Pink, purple and various shades of green seem to be predominate in the back yard. This will be especially true when our new bottle brush blooms. Mr. P found this one on the way home from surfing Saturday. He phoned to ask which one I wanted as they had two varieties. Callistemon Jeffersii has been my top choice for the back yard and fortunately, that was one of the two available. When it blooms, the brushes will be a beautiful deep pink. I can’t wait! A full weekend of yard work was accomplished here. How was your weekend? Are you ready for July?