This week is off to a busy start.  My husband and kids went on a camping trip, leaving me alone for 24 hours.

I had great plans for what I would do while they were gone. 

I would work on writing blogs….

Work in the garden….

Plant seedlings indoors for a instructional video coming up….

Work on our taxes….

AND get a Redbox movie to end the day.

Well, I did achieve writing a blog and I did get our taxes done, but that was about it.  My oldest daughter asked me to watch my granddaughter for a few hours, which I was happy to do.  However, she had just returned from the doctor after getting her shots, so she was not too happy.  So I just held and cuddled her.

Then my daughter brought lunch over and we visited for awhile.  So I got started on my taxes a bit late.  I do like using tax software, but I don’t like having to get all my receipts together.

I ended the evening eating dinner at 8:00 and watching TV.

As I sat in my very quite house, I remembered where I was one year ago to the day.

We were on a cruise of the Caribbean with in-laws.  They had treated us all to the cruise, which was to be a great time to build memories while we still had my father-in-law with us.  

My in-laws always had their grandkids sitting their table.  My father-in-law couldn’t smile or speak anymore, but he was able to communicate through his iPad.

We had a fabulous time.
Our first visit was to St. Maarten.  I had my camera with me and along with taking photos of the family, I also took pictures of the tropical plants.
I didn’t know my husband was taking a picture 😉
At first, I was shocked at how blue the water was.  (I am from Southern California, where the ocean is gray blue).

The plants were very colorful and I recognized some….



There were other plants that I had no idea what they were….

This plant is rather unusual.

You know, it didn’t matter that I didn’t know what all the plants where.

It was enough to know that they were beautiful….
Noelle Johnson, aka, 'AZ Plant Lady' is a horticulturist, certified arborist, and landscape consultant who helps people learn how to create, grow, and maintain beautiful desert gardens that thrive in a hot, dry climate. She does this through her consulting services, her online class Desert Gardening 101, and her monthly membership club, Through the Garden Gate. As she likes to tell desert-dwellers, "Gardening in the desert isn't hard, but it is different."

4 replies
  1. Laura
    Laura says:

    It grows here. Baker's carries it sometimes. Queen butterflies use it as a host plant. It is in the milkweed line.

    I was very surprised that I was able to identify something. I'm a terrible gardener — but I try!

  2. Ellen
    Ellen says:

    Under the Vinca , the leaves and flowers look like they belong to Asclepias Gigantis (Giant Milkweed), but Gigantis doesn't have what looks like fruit. Queens and Monarchs use it as a host plant . So perhaps it is what the 1st commenter stated.
    The plant underneath this is Ixora,

    Both plants are plentiful in South Florida which is where I live.

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