Saturday, April 2, 2011

April Flowers

Well, I think summer has reached us here in Arizona even though officially it is spring. The weather people have threatened us with 100 degree days this weekend, although the latest check has us firmly in the mid 90's. We don't think we will see many flowers this year - we had to cut back many of our plants due to the severe frost we had this winter, but a few of them are managing to show some flowers.

This trumpet vine is bursting with flowers. This actually belongs to our neighbor but has grown over our wall. We love it and don't mind at all!

Our white Lady Bank's Rose has also survived. Mom loves this vine, but does not recommend them for small yards. If we aren't vigilant with keeping it cut back, it quickly overtakes our yard and all the other plantings in it. He is kind of hard to see, but Sam is sitting in front of it. Monty is looking for sunbeams!

We don't think we will see too many other flowers. Our beautiful Orange Jubilee bushes have taken a tremendous hit from the frost, as well as our Bird of Paradise, lantana and ruellia. We've had to cut most of these down to ground level!

Last year we tried growing flowers in pots, but those didn't last once Monty came. We are not sure we will try those again! April is actually a very important month for us at "How Sam Sees It". First of all, next week will be our 2nd Blogiversary! Also, April 22nd will be Monty's Gotcha Day! Can you believe our beautiful boy has been with us for a year already?


  1. Love your trumpet vine! We have an orange one, but it doesn't bloom like that!!

    Wyatt and Stanzie

    Happy Bloggiversary-Gotcha month!!

  2. What flowers you have are beautiful!

  3. I have some seeds for a trumpet vine but have never planted it--Maybe this year...Spring is very slow to arrive in Virginia, but seeing your pictures reminds me that our turn for blossoms will come soon enough! :-)

  4. Ciara has put an end to flowers in pots on the deck:( But Mom says she might give it a try again. Your flowers there are just so pretty. Dad will be in Phoenix next week, so we hope it isn't too hot.

    Have a great weekend.

    Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

  5. I thought Jack was the only dog who ate all the potted flowers! :)

  6. Beautiful flowers - thanks for sharing them! We have a Canon Copier plant in Newport News and they planted a ton of Cherry Trees years ago. We are hoping all the rain and wind this week did not ruin them because we want to go take pictures today!

  7. Beautiful flowers! Have a great weekend!

    Thor and Jack

  8. We love your photos, and so sorry it is very hot with you! Where we are it is so much more temperate, so the flowers will survive longer with us.

    The trumpet vine is sooooo beautiful Sam!

    Cannot believe you had frost in Arizona!

    Happy Blogaversary and Happy Gotcha Day to Monty! lotsaluv, Marvin and Jeannie xxxx

  9. Beautiful, I can't wait to see the green again :) The last picture of Monty is so cute!

  10. Summer?! 100 degrees? We are still in the teens here in the mornings--I don't think spring will ever come! Wahhh!

  11. Wow! Those vines are gorgeous! I hope you get some more of your flowers back.

    Happy Gotcha Day and Blogoversary!


  12. Wow! Your flowers are so pretty. We just had our 1st 60 degree day this year, so hopefully our spring is getting here.

    Two years blogging is a real milestone. Congrats! And Happy Gotcha Day to Monty.

    Emma Rose

  13. Your human sure does have a green thumb and I wish I had her skills, fur sure!
    What I like most is the garden decor because every garden needs a little bit of golden in it...heehee!

  14. Those sure are some pretty flowers my friend. :)

  15. Those are beautiful flowers!
    April sure is a very special month for you!
    Have a great weekend!
    Kisses and hugs

  16. Wow, it's really hot there, huh? But those are pretty flowers! Happy Soon To Be Gotcha Day to Monty!

  17. Lovely pictures! Send some of that warm weather our way!

    Your pal, Pip

  18. Beautiful flowers! You are lucky to live in AZ where it is always summer. Except we don't think Mama would like the scorpions there!

  19. Our pal Joey The Boston Terror has already warned us we need to tell Auntie Di to be ready fur The Blast Furnace -

    Happy Sam and Monty Month!


  20. Yes, it was unusually cold in Phoenix this year. We lost a couple of plants too. No problems in Seattle. Very wet and mild. Dafs and Tulips are going crazy.

    Horray for Monty. He is a precious boy fur sure.

  21. Temperature in the 100s! Perfect time to stay indoors and have some icecream.

  22. Your flowers are so beautiful! Mom can't wait for color like yours at our house!

    Love ya lots
    Maggie and Mitch

  23. Well the flowers you are getting are just beautiful! :) Sometimes less is more ;)

    I'll make sure I come by and wish you happy's on your special days!


  24. Happy Blogaversary and Happy Gotcha Day (we will wish you that again as we get closer). We are amazed at all of the spring happening everywhere, but not yet at the house for us. Soon.

  25. Thanks for letting us know how Cisco adapted to bliundness. It helps !

  26. Very beautiful flowers! I hope Monty gets tons of treats & hugs on his Gotcha Day.

  27. April is a very exciting time of year for your blog! Those sneaky little flowers are lovely! They're a welcome trespasser :)
    Time sure flies when you have wonderful new pups. One year of getting to know each other and falling in love.

  28. I LOVE your flowers! (though I haven't met a flower I didn't like). ;) I don't eat too many flowers though... except for the ones that you blow and the seeds fly all over the yard. Those are fun to catch!

    Woofs & hugs,


  29. Looks like April is gonna be a great month for you. Mom likes the vines and the blogerversary. We like the Gotcha day!

    Mocha Barney, Ashley Pumpernickel and Winniechurchill

  30. We still have snow -- so THANK YOU for sharing....I needed that!

  31. Your flowers are lovely...and we feel your pain regarding the summery heat! We look forward to sharing some pretty important milestone with you this month!

  32. Flowers and sunbeams! Ah!
    Oh your Gotcha's the same day as my birthday.. so..yay for April 22 and looking forward to celebratin'!! :) Yeaooooo!

    Sweet hugs,
    Sierra Rose