Desert Horses

Welcome to my horse blog, Desert Horses. We live in the desert southwest, near Palm Springs, CA, but board our horses up in our local mountains where it is cooler in the summer. I have 4 horses, all rescues. Here is the ranch up the mountains where the horses stay.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Just around the garden~Nature Notes~May 26, 2020

I always love to putter around my two gardens in the morning, before it gets too hot and I have to retreat indoors because of the heat.   Living near Palm Springs, CA is great for about 7 months of the year.   We never know, however, what we are going to get in May, June, or September.   They can either be hot, HOT, HOTTTT or mild.

I still have flowers blooming and now I have squash blossoms!   I planted zucchini and yellow squash in several different locations and I even have one hanging pot (which I put on the ground) full of them. 

So, here's what's blooming in my gardens right now:

 Gorgeous squash blossom this morning
 Sunflower and bee
 Look at all the pollen that bee has!
 Unopened hollyhock
One of my black eyed Susans.   I have several plants of these which came up on their own from last year's seeds.
To visit Nature Notes, please go to this link:     https://ramblingwoods2.com/

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Just some odds & ends from my gardens~Nature Notes~May 12, 2020

I actually have 2 garden spots (or "jungles" as the grandkids call them)...one in the front yard and then most of the back yard.   I have no lawn in the front, except on the west side of the driveway.   The back yard, alas, does have a lawn, but I've managed to plant sunflowers, hollyhocks, and now beans & squash in various spots.   I have bird feeders set up in both yards.

I went around yesterday and took photos of the "hollyhock jungle" and some odds & ends.  It's good to view things other than the flowers every now & then.   I had a hummingbird accompany me for a while and I enjoyed seeing all the bees in the hollyhocks, but that's another story for another day.


 Front yard
 Bird bath

 Even the dead cottonwood has a certain beauty
 acacia blooms and yes, they smell sweet!
 Dried sunflower from last summer
My favorite watering can

To visit Nature Notes, please go to this link:     https://ramblingwoods2.com/

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Still here , same routine

We are still here and healthy, so far.   My daily routine is this:   Wake up about 4:30 or 5 a.m., see if there is any leftover coffee from the previous day, stick it in microwave, go out and feed the birds, the outdoor old cat, and the dog, check my ETSY shop, check Facebook, mess around on my computer until about 9 a.m...

I finished 2 journals this past week, and it was good to get back and make journals.   I have TONS of fabric and I need to start using it!   They are in my ETSY shop:     https://www.etsy.com/shop/DesertsandBeyond?ref=pr_shop_more

I even started a journal with the 7 year old granddaughter, but she now has 12 pages of work A DAY (first grade), plus her own school journal to do!   That seems like a LOT of work.   Plus, she is required to do reading online for 45 minutes a day.   So, she doesn't have much free time!

I just don't see how schools can reopen.   22+ students in a classroom?   First graders wearing masks?   What about recess and lunch?   Maybe no lunch, maybe just 1/2 day of formal instruction?  How?   Their desks are tables designed for 2 per table. And, classrooms aren't large enough to have 1 child per table.   Lots to think about...

My flowers are gorgeous, but my hollyhocks seem to be fading quicker than last year.   It is probably the heat.   It will be 107 here today, then 109, then 108, then "down" to 106, then the high 90's next week.   Ugh.   It is going to be a LONG, HOT summer.   We open up the house every morning to get the cool air in and so it isn't as stuffy.

Photos of more plants from my garden:





Saturday, May 2, 2020

More garden photos~Nature Notes for May 2, 2020

I actually have 2 gardens~one in the front yard and one in the back.   We haven't had a lawn in over 20 years and I DO NOT use pesticides or Round Up.   I have bird feeding stations in the acacias right outside my craft room window and we also have a 2 tier fountain, which the birds love.   Our mornings start with the sounds of birds chirping.   They all disappear around noon, but reappear in the afternoons and early evenings.   We also have a cottontail who comes in the yard and I've found its resting place among the hollyhocks.   I often scare him or her out of their hiding place!

My gardens keep me sane in this time of insanity and uncertainty. My county, Riverside, has the second highest number of COVID-19 cases in California.  Meanwhile I tend to my sunflowers, hollyhocks, cosmos, marigolds, and try to ignore the chaos outside my little corner.

I believe my hollyhocks are at their peak right now.   They are blooming profusely and colorfully.   Every day another one opens up.   I have them both in the front and back.  They are under the mesquite out front and along the pathway to the front door.   I have a virtual forest of them there.  In the back yard, however, I scattered them in different "plots".   They are also along our chain link fence, with my sweet peas.   That makes for a nice combination.

Here are some photos of the hollyhocks:








Nature Notes for May 2, 2020.    To find Nature Notes, please go to this link:   https://ramblingwoods2.com/

Friday, April 24, 2020

More photos from my garden

I'm really enjoying having all this time to focus on my front and back yard gardens.   The front yard is now pretty lush.   I may have to do a You Tube video walk through!   The back yard has patches of sunflowers and hollyhocks.   There are also a few sweet peas growing up along the chain link fence.   Here are some photos below.   I moved the bird bath next to a clump of hollyhocks and i left the hose to drip, so I have many bird visitors this morning!

 A patch of sunflowers

 Hollyhocks along the fence
 Another view of sunflower patch
 Pretty hollyhocks
 Hollyhocks out in the front patio
sweet peas

Enjoy your day and stay safe!
Cheryl Ann

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Photos of flowers from my garden/Nature Notes

Thank goodness I do have my garden to keep me busy!   Every morning now I go outside for about 15-20 minutes and pull weeds and Bermuda grass.   I just planted 4 mounds of beans and squash this week and I still have some seeds left to put along the chain link fence in the back yard, so I'll do that too.   I like to plant in different places, so at least SOMETHING survives!

My hollyhocks are...simply breathtaking!   They have completely taken over the little dirt patch to the west of our front porch and are providing long-wanted SHADE!   They stand up very well to the winds which come in that direction, too.

We have a semi-permanent resident in our front yard:   a cottontail rabbit!   I can't tell if it is a male or female, but he/she appears now every morning and eveery late afternoon to forage among all the unwanted grass (and some of my flowers!).   I don't mind.   AND...unfortunately one of the hawks is back, so I run out and scream "SWOOSH" to it whenever I can.

Our grosbeaks seem to have moved on, although I SWEAR I heard one out back yesterday and then this morning I actually saw one in the back yard, so who knows?   Once we get our triple digit temps, they will leave and that is about Thursday this week.   YES!   Ugh.   that means we will have to turn on the air conditioner.

So, enjoy the photos!






Linking to Nature Notes, which is here:      https://ramblingwoods2.com/

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Making masks!!!!!

I'm busy making masks as quickly as I can.   I took a break over the weekend and mailed out 4 packs of them.   PHEW!   I had to order more muslin from JoAnn's so I went to their pickup area today and got that.   Now to get back to work sewing more!

Here's the link to my ETSY shop, which carries them:     https://www.etsy.com/shop/DesertsandBeyond?ref=pr_shop_more
I make masks for both women AND men!   :-)   Don't wish to forget personal safety for the guys!

Here are some examples:









Leave a comment here if you would like me to make you one or two!   These are $10.00 each and I pay shipping.
STAY SAFE!!!
XOXOXOXO
Cheryl