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July 16, 2011

A Flower Day

all that is left of my spider orchid
Summer has burned away many of my favorite flowers. Literally. One of my Oleander bushes had to be dug up and replaced! So sad!! My Lilies are struggling but and making a come back. Bird (new bird of paradise) is green but badly burned. Oz says he needs some good shade (in the summer time?) and maybe some acid in his soil. The only troopers left is my roses bush, the two red hibiscus and my struggling pink daisies. O and the snail vines along the house. But everything else has pretty much dried up and blown away. My orchid trees are even starting to close up their leaves to protect against the heat. I cannot wait for late summer, early fall so my dear plants can return. So here are a few of the remaining, fighting for the right to stay. Burned and wilting, but still fighting. _B
 pink Gerber daisy, that is about as good as it gets now days
 new rose, before the sun burns it
 new and old rose after the sun burns
 Bird, One the older not so burned leaves, new one in the background
 the last purple blooms, at the top of the other stalks they are bleached out white
 friendly lizard hanging out by the snail vines, we have many from Big to tiny
 Bloomed and closed snail vine bloom, the pod is a little burned but will be okay
 one of two of my Hong Kong Orchid trees, new sprouts are only protected by the burned older leaves

8 comments:

Cloudia said...

such lovely shots-




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T's Daily Treasures said...

All of the plants on our bedroom balcony died while we were in Nepal. Thankfully I had some succulents on the other balcony that I've had for years and they are still going strong. The leaves became very flat i those 10 days but once I started watering them, they plumped right up again. The heat here is unbearable which is why you can find me indoors, in pajamas, each and every day. 4 more weeks and I'll have to go back to school, so I am enjoying my pajama wearing days and down time as much as I can. Hope you have a great day. :) Tammy

Brandy Marie said...

Cloudia: Thank you so much :)

Tammy: I live just outside Phoenix, AZ. We had about 2 weeks of heat over 115. Hottest day was 122. It killed everything that was making through the summer heat. Now all I have left are brown bushes or stalks of what once used to be flowers. My landscaper has been trying to help me salvage them (he helped me to pick and plant them in early spring) and we are failing miserably. My very few succulents started trying to give up, but I watered them enough that we made it through the heat wave. Started re-sprouting flowers :) I hope both get some relief soon! Only my second summer here in Arizona and it is definitely hotter then last year.

Hope you both have/had a great Sunday evening :)_B

Sunny said...

Thank you for your kind comments and for solving the mystery flower. Please visit again :)
☼ Sunny

T's Daily Treasures said...

Uh-0h! I see that Arizona had another haboob come through. Hope all is well. I'm sure you will have a big clean up job again. Take care! Tammy

Cloudia said...

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Dawn said...

Wow. Thats incredible heat!!!
We could use some of that for you up here....
Are YOU wilting?!?
Id be in my pool every day!!

Hilary said...

Our gardens are looking similar.. minus the lizards. :)