Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Year from Arizona

It's in the 70's, the sun is shining, and my mom and I golfed in shirt sleeves--I know why all the snowbirds winter here!

I've had trouble finding time to blog, but here are a few shots from our gardens. First, some of my sister's whimsy: her lady bug next to some Coleus--


And a wrought iron snail on her patio--


Tacoma stans, or yellow bells, is still is full bloom here--and apparently this plant will grow in North Carlina--so maybe I can keep it going in Virginia--


And flowers more familar to me don't seem to realize it's almost January! My mom's roses and petunias look like mine do in June (and I learned there are no Japanese beetles in the Phoenix area).


Wherever you are, I hope you are warm and happy and safe. Best wishes for 2009! Cosmo

15 comments:

perennialgardener said...

Happy New Year Cosmo! I love your sister's whimsical garden art, too cute. ;)

Les said...

That would be a happy new year with no Japanese beetles.

lola said...

HAPPY NEW YEAR, Cosmo.
I love the beetle, would like to know where she got it. I like a lot of whimsy in my garden.

Aiyana said...

Yep. That's Arizona! Hope you have a wonderful New Year!
Aiyana

Sue Swift said...

Just dropped in to say Happy New Year. Hope 2009 brings you everything you wish for - and even more flowers than 2008.

Viooltje said...

All the best to both yourself and all of your loved ones. Cheers!

Cameron (Defining Your Home) said...

Happy New Year, Cosmo!

Enjoy your time in Arizona. Thanks for sharing photos of the flowers and garden art from out there.

Cheers,
Cameron

Rose said...

Happy New Year to you, too, Cosmo! No Japanese beetles? Another reason I like Arizona:)

If you have time, you ought to visit the Desert Botanical Gardens while you're there to see the Chihuly exhibit. It's beautiful!

Jamie and Randy said...

Happy New Year, Cosmo!--Randy

The Organic Gardener said...

I love the lady bug, That is really nice. I has seen one similar to that one. It was really cool. but also really expensive!

tina said...

No Japanese beetles there? Must be a gardener's heaven. I really like your sister's whimsy-both the ladybug and snail. Do have a great time and Happy New Year.

Phillip M said...

Love that snail!

Cosmo said...

Everyone--thanks so much for your New Years wishes. Lola, I'll ask my sister where she got her whimsy and write back. Here's to florabundance for 2009!

lisa said...

Great shots! I love the garden art, it makes me want to take a welding class!

Sue said...

I like the garden art, too, and the blooms are a welcome sight this time of year. I like the cup shaped one I can't remember the name of.

It sounds like you're having a great time!