March 22, 2007

What a night! Stepping outside this time of year is a marvelous thing for the senses to behold. It’s warm and breezy, perhaps even a little touch of – dare I say it? – rain in the air: a far cry from the oppressive heat that will be here a little over a month from now. The air is sweet and heavy with the fragrance of flowers from the fruit trees (lime and lemon) on our property and those around us. And, whereas just a few weeks ago one could step outside and hear only the sound of planes cruising overhead as they begin their final approach to Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport (25 minutes away), now they’re joined by the sound of central air units and pool filters humming away as people’s properties start gearing up for the summer that lies just ahead.

This past winter was a rough one for the flora and fauna in our backyard. In the picture below, taken last October, you can see the fullness of the palm tree by the swimming pool and the bushes along the wall down towards the mesquite tree all the way back. You might also be able to make out (sorry, I’m not the photobloggers Rob and Dave are) smack dab in the center of the picture, two (it looks like one, but, trust me, there’s another behind it) fence-post cactus that we planted to greet people stepping out onto our patio.

one

I was comparing that picture to what was out there this evening, and, well, the palm tree right now is struggling – the lower set of leaves all had to be pruned after the freeze, but at least there’s some new growth appearing up top so it still looks like a palm tree. As for the fencepost cactus, you can see better in this picture (along with a not-so-obvious tiki bar) that they were pretty cool looking in their prime.

two

Well, the hard freeze we took in late January really did a job on them, causing the tops of both plants (above the strapping) to have withered and shrunk into a lovely brown-black. Carmelo the landscaper says he’s going to “deadhead” the cactus as soon as the hot weather comes in, and says they should be fine. We’ll see.

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  1. […] Blogging backyard and live from the “High Surf Warning Tiki Bar” in Phoenix’s East Valley, it’s The Great White Shank. I just wish we had a camera so Tracey could take a picture. Hard to believe this is the first time I’ve blogged from the Tiki Bar. A cup of steaming joe next to me and mercifully protected by the shade of a thatched roof above, I could be blogging from the most remote part of deepest, darkest Micronesia…. well, except for the neighbors’ houses all around me, the whooshing of airliners on approach above, and the swimming pool vaccuum chattering away happily in the background… but you get the picture. I oughta try working from here one of these days. […]

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  2. […] I’ll probably sit at the Tiki Bar and enjoy a Pusser’s Painkiller #2 in short sleeves and gaze at the green grass and lovely […]

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