It's Summer--Time To Clean The House
Above, Magnolia grandiflora
Fierce summer heat has arrived two months early, so it's time to clean the neglected indoors. Saturday:
Sunday was even worse.
Today, Monday. Hey, it's 20 degrees cooler than Palm Springs! Wheee!
Some plants love heat, or at least don't mind it. Fuchsias are not in that group. Last week:
Sigh. On the other hand, Echeveria cante posesses a powdery white coating that protects it from intense sun. It was unhappy in winter, content in May-Grey. I have two plants, one sending forth a flower stalk.
Echinopsis oxygona blooms happily in warm weather. These will be the first flowers since I picked up this plant for 50% off a couple of years ago. Flower buds appeared immediately after a recent repotting.
Avocado 'Reed'. Yummmm! This variety produces fruit that matures in summer, unlike our winter crop of 'Fuerte'. I repeat, Yummmm. The best tasting Avocado of them all--buttery, nutty, with a luxuriously velvety texture. It too gets a white coating like Echeveria cante, but this bloom indicates oil content, rather than being sunscreen. I repeat, Yummmm!
Some flowers brought indoors out of the desiccating sun Saturday morning with no attempt at arrangement--those left outside are brown and crispy. Picking flowers reduces stress on the plants as well. Plopped on the mantle are the last of the Sweet Peas, the very first Cosmos. Dahlias and roses. I picked one of the neighbor's Magnolia grandiflora flowers hanging over our wall. The tree is limbed up high so only by standing on the retaining wall, are the enormous flowers visible. Heavenly scent, enjoyable even ten feet away.
Bougainvilleas love heat.
Green tomatoes, green for weeks, finally turning red.
More time to spend indoors and...vacuum. Oh, did that. Laundry? All done. Dusting? Ditto. Wash the windows. Wash the kitchen cabinets. Mop the floors. Clean out closets. It's going to be a long summer. The house is going to look great.