Last week's computer installation went well enough, but I've been spending the past week trying to maneuver through the new Windows Vista, as well as to learn the updated software programs PS Elements 7 and Word 2007, at the expense of no blog posts for a week. I'm no Luddite, but I've seriously thought about going back to my PS Elements 2005 and Word 2003! I'm finding these updates difficult to master. My new 24-inch screen is a treat. At least I can see things a little better now.Eremophila maculata aurea
The Yellow Emu bush has put on some flowers in the past week, but it will be several months before it is in full flower.
The small amount of rain we had last week was enough to trigger a few blooms on the Texas Sage. The shrubs themselves are quite raggedy this time of year. They look the best in the heat of summer.
I tried a darker petunia color in my containers this year. I love this color, called 'Fantasy Blue'. However, it looks like deep purple velvet rather than blue. Most all of the volunteer Desert Marigolds are still blooming. Actually, they do well all year.Rosa 'Mr. Lincoln'
Since my other roses have not had a lot of scent with their fall flowers, I couldn't wait for Mr. Lincoln to bloom to see if it retained its characteristically strong fragrance. It has, and it has perfumed the air all around the west end of my patio! In my mind, this is what a rose should smell like. This hybrid tea has been around since 1964 and is one of the most popular hybrids.
Bougainvillea 'San Diego Red'
And now some eye candy. This Bougainvillea vine is located right off the courtyard of my guest bedroom, so anyone staying the night has a beautiful jolt of color when they open the shutters.