Saturday Sedum Watch: Celebrating Black and Gold

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How quickly life changes and moves on to a new chapter.

Last week, I was sad about the dry parched sedums looking straggly and not very vibrant.

This week, after intermittent showers passed through Comfort, a slight stem restoration from the drink of water, along with a greater number of sedums coming into bloom, masked the stress of thirst and cast a stronger yellow color to the sedum site than the week before.

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The final chapter to this sedum watch may turn out ok after all!

Wednesday morning, under gray skies and spitting mist, Jim, Jimmy and I started a road trip west to Colorado. We stopped by the ranch as we headed out I-10, so the following sedum photos were taken a few days ago.

The short intermixed blades of grass are still brown,

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but the clusters of sedums at their peak are fighting to dominate the scene.

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Some sedum stems have turned into thin strands,

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barely supporting their bright star-like blooms.

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Other strands have given way — their falling stars on the path to their last light.

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Dry but deeper soil supports more quenched sedums still green with succulent leaves.

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The yellow bloom is the same on both parched and satiated stems — equally beautiful — just a different color contrast.

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The same color combinations of the blooming sedums is found on a blooming prickly pear, also nearing the end of its spring flowering show.

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As I quickly snapped pictures for this short sedum report, I couldn’t help smiling when I saw the contrast of yellow against the black soil.

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For I was heading to a different celebration of black and gold.

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Almost 22 years ago, when Alexandra was born, we began the most brilliant chapter of our lives  — the season of parenthood. Now, we are on a road trip to celebrate her graduation from the University of Colorado.

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How quickly life changes and moves on to a new chapter.

Alexandra’s graduation has been one of the happiest celebrations!

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Family…

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and friends …

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are gathered under the sunny skies of Boulder.

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We are all so proud of you, Alexandra!

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There will be time later to reflect on my deeper thoughts about the many meaningful moments of the past few days. For now…..

CONGRATULATIONS ALEXANDRA!

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Stay wonderful and happy as you begin your new chapter.

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Your next chapter will be more than ok, it will be brilliant!

 

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