While I was out, I took some photographs. The little peach tree has many flowers on it:
I'm still trying to take a close up of the flowers:
One last look at the little tree:
|Hope at least a couple of those flowers will result in peaches!|
Meanwhile, under the orange tree,there is a single pea shoot!
The beet seedling are starting to sprout, too:
In the front, the osteospermum (African Daisies) have started flowering:
They will continue to bloom until it gets hot in the summer.
|Close up of the white Osteospermum|
I like the purple ones, too, but the color looked washed out in the sun:
|Close up of the purple ones|
The jade plants by the side walk are in bloom, too:
And the row of lantana:
I am hoping that they will, eventually, grow to form a small hedge, but they seem to be taking their time! It's probably too sunny and hot for them, out in the front.
And, finally, the aloe plants are having some flower spikes, as well:
|Aloe Flower Spike|
The recent rains encourage some grass to grow, but, we've not had any rain in the last 10 days, or so. I should water the front garden, later, this evening, just to keep the plants happy.
My water bill came in the mail, yesterday. I used 9 hundred cubit feet (HCF) of water during the billing period (11/16/18 - 1/18/19), of the 16 HCF I am allowed at Tier 1 rates (currently set at $6.33444/HCF). This is all the water used, both in the house and garden. The water portion of the bill came to 57.01. The rest of the bill was for electricity (I used 514 kiloWatt hours of the 1,000 kWh I am allowed at Tier 1 rates of $.1664/kWh, which, with City utility tax and State energy surcharges came to $98.08), sewer charges ($43.34), and solid waste charges ($76.42). The entire utility bill came to $274.85. I used to budget $150 per month towards the utilities bill, anticipating a bill of $300, every two months. But, starting in January of this year, I increased the budgeted amount to $200 per month, in anticipation of higher water costs in the summer. Especially, if I plan to plant any vegetables, this summer, then, I will need to water the plants, regularly.
I know that many of my readers have snow and cold weather; I hope you enjoyed the stroll through my garden at the end of January.