Sunday, July 20, 2008

The Monsoon Season Brings...

This
x Echinopsis 'Fire Chief'



This

Ortegocactus mcdougallii

This Echinopsis 'Haku Jo'



And This...A downed Chilean Mesquite




10 comments:

WiseAcre said...

...and me. It's raining here now so I have a chance to visit.

As always you have some nice flower photos from another 'world' where most of the plants seem armed and dangerous :)

Happy GTS

kate smudges said...

The 'fire chief' has gorgeous flowers. I love the colour!

Dee said...

The blooms are beautiful but that is so sad about the tree going down- any chance of saving it? I got about 2 inches of rain last night in mid town Tucson- and I am guessing you had more too? I drove home from my daughters in Maricopa about 11 pm last night and ran into some awful storms with incredible lightening!

Dee/reddirtramblings said...

Oh so pretty, and oh so sad. Will the mesquite recover? Happy GTS.~~Dee

Peter said...

And I thought a monsoon was a fancy rum drink. http://www.drinksmixer.com/drink5433.html.

Now I know better. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kfMnM5Y2rw8

beckie said...

I remember Fire Chief-it is still living up to it's name! The yellow and white are beauties as well. Oh no! Your poor tree!

Claude said...

The blooms, as always are impressive... I'm not familiar with the Ortegocactus mcdougallii, but then I always seem to see something new on your blog...

Too bad about the mesquite... is it salvagable? It seems there's got to be some way to make the roots strong enough to withstand the monsoons...

Aiyana said...

We got another .70 inches of rain last night, with little to no wind, which was good. That puts us over the expected amount for this year by about 1 inch. After 9 years of drought, this will be the second year in a row with over the average expected rainfall if the current pattern holds. You can't tell--we could go on a dry spell and end up below the average.

The landscape maintenance crew will be over Tuesday to see if the tree can be saved. I said I wouldn't do this again, but it's one of my nicest trees! This is getting very tiresome and expensive. I'm at a point that I want a place with a 15'x15' back yard--with no trees.

Peter, thanks for the recipe. I don't drink, but after these monsoon periods, I may have to take it up! Also, from seeing the number of hits on the YouTube Monsoon song it must be a chart song. I guess I am too old to understand the message of these videos, but the song itself wasn't too bad. I don't think I'll buy it from ITunes though. I'll stick to 60s and 70s folk!

Teri C said...

Oh my, these are all so beauteous!!!! Where is my paintbrush!!

Julie said...

I can hardly even believe the damage the rain, and I guess wind did to your tree. I hope it can be saved! Beautiful photos of you cactus blooms!!!