Let's start right in with the flower of the week; the mighty fuchsia! This is a hardy variety that survives winter to bloom again. The hummingbirds love this fuchsia and I like the fact that it blooms from now until fall!
Here's a new favorite time waster of mine...pick a city anywhere (the more obscure the better; good choices are Toledo Ohio, Shreveport, LA, Lubbock Texas), open Google Maps then drop the street view person anywhere in the city and start exploring. It's fun to scroll through the neighborhoods and look at how the houses are kept up, if there's free stuff on the sidewalk, whether the residents are into gardening or not, and to check out the people caught by Google's camera. You can even entered some of the public buildings by clicking on the highlighted areas in the map. Like I said, it's a time waster and oddly satisfying to the voyeur in me.