Favorite Things Friday

Friday, already?  Time sure flies when we're busy.  But I'm glad to be here with a relatively calm clear day ahead.  I may get to do quite a bit of quilting, and then maybe not.  I'm still decluttering and I may have a load to take to our church for the June Festival - they have a boutique booth for which they do need donations. I couldn't believe the weather yesterday - it was so mild, we had the windows open all day. Usually we have to close them by 10 if it is going to be hot or 9 if it is going to be super hot.  Our high was a mere 78 and I was loving it.  Here's what I saw on my gardening hour outside:
 Here's an opuntia planting above the well behind the house.  It's blooming away right now.
This Opuntia has small round flowers that don't form a seed pod (tuna) of any dimension really.  They are just so colorful and when they are backlighted they look like Christmas tree lights blinking in the sun.
 Here's a close up of them - those yellow ones in the picture will eventually turn orange-red also.
And further down the well is where I planted some gazanias the other day.  I'll be able to see these from the hall window.

 Their blooming their heads off already!  Aren't they a beautiful color?
And here is one of my very favorites - I call it forever flowering bouquet.  Those really aren't flowers  - their inner leaves of the cluster.  This is a succulent and actually a bit tender - once it gets really hot in the summer, I'll be covering it with shade cloth as the edges of the leaves will turn brown from too much sun. 

I'm linking to Shay's Favorite Things Friday , Tootsie Time's Flaunt your Flowers and Amanda's Serenity Now Weekend's Bloggy Reading.  Won't you share your favorite thing with us?  Have a great weekend!


  1. Love how the cacti flowers change as they age = an everchanging vista :)

  2. Just Gorgeous flowers. Hope you have a great weekend!

  3. Beautiful cacti and love the succulent!

  4. I love visiting your garden. Succulents are so amazing aren't they?

  5. What beautiful photos! Very much enjoy looking at your blog.

  6. Beautiful cacti, beautiful photos.

  7. I love your cactii. Not too many here in the Pacific Northwest. Got to see the Phoenix Botanical Garden when all the cactii were in bloom....such a treat.

    Yael from Home Garden Diggers

  8. Your garden is just beautiful! Very interesting to see what grows in your very warm climate. I love the succulent at the bottom--what a striking plant! Thank you for stopping by my blog today--I appreciate it very much, and the nice comment you left.

  9. Beautiful flowers! I love succulents but I don't think they do very well here. Looks like your garden area is very peaceful and colorful :*)

  10. I shared baby cactus sprouts this week...and you share the grown ups! lol
    great post today!
    I thank you so much for linking in this week. It is an honor to host Friday's Flaunt and meet new friends and visit the regulars (who are like old friends) who share. I always feel so privelaged to know that inspiration is just a click away when need a bit of a boost for my spirits! It is a pleasure to tour and see all the gorgeous blooms...landscaping and ideas that all the participants share, and I appreciate each and every link and comment! I have shared your post today with my facebook page for Tootsie Time. I hope you will link in again soon!
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  11. I love to meet new plants (and gardeners!) Your succulents are beautiful!

    I'm happy to be stopping by from Fertilizer Friday.

  12. Gorgeous blooms on that cactus! Love gazanias, they are so hardy and flower continuously. Thanks for the tour :)

  13. Beautiful photos and plants. I looked back through all your posts, and the quilts are fantastic. You're very talented, and it was a pleasure to look at everything you have made.

  14. Such hot weather beauties!!!Im a bit envious as Im up North where the cacti dont thrive so well but I so enjoyed your garden:)Please stop over sometime and see whats happening in the North:) Deidre http://simplysimplisticated4.blogspot.com


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