Although the rain let up last week and sunshine returned, it was a difficult week for other reasons. My 15 year old cat, Pipig, suddenly showed signs of severe medical distress Tuesday night. When her symptoms failed to resolve, we took her to an urgent care veterinary clinic the next morning and back again later in the week. Without going into details, they did what they could and my husband and I did what we could to care for her. While euthanasia was discussed as she showed signs of ongoing decline, she improved markedly between Saturday night and Sunday morning and continues to show slow progress. We still have serious health issues to explore but for now I'm looking at those improvements in a positive light. Meanwhile, my ability to focus on gardening or anything else may remain fuzzy for a time. Waking up to news of yet another mass shooting on Sunday, in Los Angeles County no less, didn't help my outlook any either.
|I was up and about early enough Sunday morning to catch this view from the back garden before the sun rose|
I selected Leucadenrons for an arrangement this week because finding material to accompany them didn't require much thought.
|Somehow, I always seem to have flowers available in yellow, coral and orange colors|
|Clockwise from the upper left: Acacia cognata 'Cousin Itt', Corokia x virgata 'Sunsplash', Grevillea 'Peaches & Cream, Leucadendron salignum 'Summer Red', L.s. 'Winter Red', and Grevillea 'Superb'|
|I threw a few leftover stems into this little cactus-style vase for the kitchen windowsill|
Prompted by January's heavy rains perhaps, Echium handiense offered a handful of early season flowers this week so I plunked them into a vase for the kitchen island.
|The Echium flowers have pink spots at the base of their blue petals, which makes the choice of pink-flowered complements an easy one|
|Clockwise from the upper left: Argyranthemum 'Armamis Bi-color Rose', Boronia crenulata ' Shark Bay', noID Ceanothus, and Echium handiense 'Pride of Fuerteventura'|
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