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Adventures of a horticulturist who lives and gardens in the desert growing flowers, vegetables, fruit and the occasional cactus.
Fuzzy Flowers And Sunscreen….
2021-05-14 18:22
I absolutely love spring.  Some years, spring never arrives.  Sometimes spring goes missing and winter turns right into summer.  But not this year.  We have had beautiful… Read More
Create A Herb Container
2021-05-03 18:35
Do you like to use fresh herbs when you cook? What if you could just step outside your door and snip some herbs without having to go to the store?  Have you seen how expensive fre… Read More
Pink Blooms In The Desert Garden
2021-04-19 17:45
Springtime in the desert southwest is a glorious time. We say “goodbye” to cold, winter temperatures and delight in the landscape around us and it bursts into bloom. I… Read More
“April Showers Bring Golden Flowers”
2021-04-12 18:15
April in the desert garden is, in my humble opinion, the most beautiful time of year.  Winter and spring-flowering plants (Damianita, Penstemon and ‘Valentine’ Emu Bush) are… Read More
DIY Rosemary Herb Salt
2020-10-22 15:00
Do you like to use herbs to flavor your favorite dishes?  If so, than you’ll want to try herb salts. So what are herb salts, you may wonder? They are a mix of the herb o… Read More
How Do You Choose A Plant Nursery?
2020-06-08 14:00
“Where do you recommend I go to buy plants?” This is one question that I’m often asked by desert dwellers. The choices that people have for purchasing plants range from a… Read More
Garden Surprise: A Self-Planted Bouquet
2020-05-21 14:00
Have you ever had the experience of receiving an unexpected bouquet? I’ve been blessed to have gotten bouquets throughout my life from my wonderful husband, my children, and in the pa… Read More
2020-04-21 14:11
Spring in the desert brings a flurry of activity out in the garden – much of it involving container gardening.   As they say, in late spring, it’s “out with the old… Read More
A Hidden Garden In The Middle Of Phoenix
2020-04-15 18:45
Have you ever discovered a garden in a surprising place?A few years ago, I found myself driving through the historic neighborhoods of the Encanto district in downtown Phoenix. I had finishe… Read More
Gorgeous Germander For Desert Gardens
2020-03-06 05:11
I have a wonderful treat for you! This week’s blog post is from Dr. Jacqueline Soule. Chances are that her name sounds familiar and that is because she is a noted plant expert and well… Read More
Hop Bush: The Alternative To Oleanders
2020-01-31 19:30
No matter where you live, you will see the same shrubs being used over and over again in countless landscapes. While the shrubs may be attractive, their overuse throughout neighborhoods crea… Read More
Colorless Winter Garden ?  No Way!
2020-01-08 16:35
One of the many blessings of living in the desert is that you can garden all year.  That means that you can have beautiful color all year, even in the winter (above). Drive down the… Read More
Water Saving Landscapes: 3 Options
2019-11-21 14:00
For those who live in the western half of the United States, water has always been a precious resource. In recent years, this has become especially true during a long-term drought has m… Read More
Fall Foliage For The Southwestern Garden
2019-10-23 14:00
Does it look like fall where you live? If you live in the West or Southwestern regions of the U.S. your answer is probably “no”. Fall foliage we enjoyed on a trip to Williamsbur… Read More
An Historic Garden Jewel In The City
2019-10-03 14:00
Imagine finding yourself stepping back in time, surrounded by small adobe homes and extensive gardens – all in modern-day Phoenix.   The Phoenix Homesteads District dates back to… Read More
Fall Planting: How To Select Plants
2019-09-04 14:30
The signs that fall is approaching are sometimes so subtle that it is easy to miss them.  But, they are there just the same.You may notice the lengthening shadows on your way home… Read More
Made In The Shade: Yellow Dot
2019-08-28 16:07
It may surprise you to find that it is easier to find plants that thrive in the sun than in the shade. Especially if you live in the desert Southwest. Why is this, you may ask? Well, it can… Read More
5 Tips For A Heatproof Garden
2019-06-11 14:05
What do your plants look like in the middle of summer?  Do they thrive despite the hot temperatures?  Or do they look more like this?   Throw in a heatwave, and your lovely… Read More
How Much Water Do My Plants Need?
2019-06-04 20:30
“How much water do my plants need?” I am often asked this question by desert dwellers and my answer is always, “That depends.” There are several variables that dete… Read More
DIY Peach Vinegar
2019-05-25 14:44
I love peaches. Every year, I look forward to May when the peaches on my tree are ripe and ready. While May might seem a little early for peaches, in the low desert garden, this is when th… Read More
The Joy Of Planting A Single Seed
2019-04-22 14:17
Learning about the natural world and how it works is one of the joys of being a child. I was reminded of this fact the other day with my grandson, Eric. He came over for a visit after presc… Read More
Tour Of My Spring Garden
2019-03-28 04:50
Firecracker Penstemon (Penstemon eatoni) Have you ever noticed that spring has a way of surprising you in the garden? That is indeed the thought that I had earlier this week as I walked… Read More
Just A Few More Weeks…
2019-02-13 18:27
Let’s face it, a winter landscape filled with frost-damaged plants isn’t the most attractive. During this time of year, I often find myself itching to grab my pruners and get rid… Read More
Busyness, A New Look And Opportunities
2019-01-20 14:23
The past couple of months has been a period of busyness, a new look, and opportunities for me. Normally in December, work in the garden slows down, which means that I have fewer landscape… Read More
Goodbye To The Godfather Of English Roses
2018-12-19 19:52
Olive Rose, one of David Austin’s recent introductions Yesterday, the world lost a man who made a huge contribution to rose lovers all over the world. Called the ‘Godfather of En… Read More
AZ Plant Lady’s 12 Garden Gift Picks
2018-12-03 21:08
Let’s face it, the holiday season is the most wonderful time of the year, BUT it can also be the most stressful. Particularly when trying to find the right gift for friends and family… Read More
2018-11-05 14:05
Fall is my favorite season of the year and so it stands to reason, pumpkins play a big part in both my garden, crafts, fall decor, and food! A few years ago, I visited an Atlanta garden whe… Read More
Grow Vegetables In Pots!
2018-10-18 14:10
UPDATE: This blog post originally was published six-years-ago, and I still like to grow vegetables in pots. It’s hard to believe that my garden helper is now 16 years old and driving a… Read More
Using Plants In Place Of Curtains
2018-10-08 13:30
Do you have windows that face outward toward a view that you would rather not see?  Perhaps it is the view of the house next door or a bare wall, or maybe you need some protection… Read More
Practical Organic Gardening Book Giveaway
2018-09-20 18:23
Organic gardening isn’t just a popular trend; it is a better way to garden. When you think about it, gardening is all about nature – from adding new plants to watching them grow… Read More
Launching Through The Garden Gate!
2018-09-05 13:12
Creating an attractive garden in the desert can be a daunting task, especially in such a different climate with the unique challenges of blistering heat and dryness “where plants go t… Read More
Side Gardens (or Yards)
2018-07-25 14:00
One area that many homeowners struggle with is what to plant in their side yards. It can be an awkward place with little sun and not much room for plants to grow. Most of these narrow spaces… Read More
A Repurposed Wall Finds New Life
2018-07-16 14:05
I am always on the lookout for new and different ways that gardens are designed and the materials that they use. Recently, I was scheduled to teach a class at the Desert Botanical Garden… Read More
Aesop, The Desert Tortoise Gets A Bath
2018-07-09 14:06
Our desert tortoise, Aesop, has been a fun addition to our life ever since we adopted him three years ago. He typically becomes quite active beginning in June, after a very long winter&rsqu&helli…Read More
Making Peace With Weeds In My Lawn
2018-06-17 14:51
Do you have a patch of lawn in your garden? It can be a cumbersome task to keep a grassy area green and healthy, not to mention weed-free. To keep it this way often means applications of &l&helli…Read More
Garden Inspiration: Southwest Style
2018-06-03 15:03
A boot planter adds a touch of whimsy to a patio table. I am always on the lookout for new ideas to use in outdoor spaces and on a recent trip to Austin, Texas, I toured 17 different gardens… Read More
An English Garden With Texas Flair
2018-05-19 13:20
I love English gardens with their lush greenery, colorful blooms, and somewhat untidy appearance, which may be due to my partial English ancestry. While I don’t make it to the Br… Read More
A Hidden Rose Garden In The Desert
2018-05-16 13:02
I am a self-professed lover of roses and rejoice whenever I come across rose bushes that are thriving in our hot, arid climate and I also enjoy unexpected discoveries in the garden. On a re… Read More
An Imaginary Land With Real Plants
2018-04-30 13:33
San Marcos hibiscus (Gossypium harknessii) I always enjoy seeing well-designed landscapes that make use of many of my favorite arid-adapted plants. A couple of months ago, I had the opportun… Read More
Removing A Rose Bush For A Greater Purpose
2018-04-27 13:51
I adore roses. For those who have followed me for a while, this comes as no surprise. I’ve grown roses for almost thirty years, and they are the one plant responsible for inspiring me… Read More
2018-04-19 18:35
When you ask most people what they want in their garden, their most common answer is, “color”. One of the best plants that I like to recommend for warm-season color is coral fou… Read More
Yellow Showers
2018-04-15 13:19
My garden has been transformed with yellow showers of flowers, courtesy of my palo verde trees. It’s a delightful time of year with warm spring temperatures and colorful landscapes fi… Read More
Don’t Be Fooled By A Pretty Face
2018-04-10 13:09
Lovely clematis flowers Do you ever find yourself transfixed by a pretty face (flower)? I have. In fact, I’ve rarely seen a flower that I didn’t like. However, sometimes it&rsquo&hell…Read More
Javelina In The Desert Garden
2018-03-09 16:36
Javelina stepping out of an arroyo Yesterday, I had a rather unexpected encounter with a javelina while taking pictures of a landscape. I think he was as surprised as I was to see him and he… Read More
Three Generations Of Flowering Agave
2018-02-15 14:29
Plants can do some spectacular things, and the dramatic process when agave send up their flowering stalk, definitely qualifies. Yesterday, I noticed that my octopus agave (Agave vilmorinian… Read More

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