Our family has been plagued by a long succession of malfunctioning hoses over the years.  

All five of our children have been victims at one time or another.  Occasionally even my husband has fallen victim to the hose.

These mysterious malfunctions seem to be a seasonal occurrence.  Warm and sunny days seem to bring it on.
 My children swear that I am the one responsible.  But, I tell them that I would NEVER do something like that to them.  The hose acts of it’s own accord.
One minute I am watering my plants when suddenly the hose turns around all by itself.  I am honestly powerless to stop it.
My children don’t seem to believe me….
Noelle Johnson, aka, 'AZ Plant Lady' is a horticulturist, certified arborist, and landscape consultant who helps people learn how to create, grow, and maintain beautiful desert gardens that thrive in a hot, dry climate. She does this through her consulting services, her online class Desert Gardening 101, and her monthly membership club, Through the Garden Gate. As she likes to tell desert-dwellers, "Gardening in the desert isn't hard, but it is different."

23 replies
  1. lostlandscape (James)
    lostlandscape (James) says:

    Well that looks like fun–perfect for the warming seasons. And to think people spend lots of effort on those little misting systems when all they need is a properly malfunctioning hose…

  2. Bonnie
    Bonnie says:

    Hah! I just love how innocent you look holding that mysterious malfunctioning hose!

    I haven't left a comment yet, but want you to know your blog is very helpful to a new desert gardener here in AZ. I just love that little bathing hummingbird. When they visit my garden, it's like magic.

  3. Jess
    Jess says:

    As a single girl for most of my childhood with 4 brothers, I was always always ALWAYS on the receiving end of such hosey subterfuge. One of these days I'm going to get my adult siblings back, you just wait and see…. and I've no doubt that your family has plans for you!!! 😀

  4. Bernie
    Bernie says:

    Those mafunctioning hoses have been multiplying and turning up in all sorts of places all over the world! I have lots of memories of hose fights across the neighbourhood fences when I was a child.

    Another memory that's surfaced, thanks to your post, is the fun we had when we would place a sprinkler up on the Hills Hoist (the outdoor clothes hoist) and spend hours running under it and just generally mucking about!

  5. Sue
    Sue says:

    Funny how malfunctioning hoses can be so numerous and enjoyable. We have often had versions of the same here. When they happen in the house, (not with a hose but with water glasses etc) the loser cleans the floor by getting pulled through on their backside! Always lots of fun. Good for you!

  6. Kathleen
    Kathleen says:

    too cute Noelle! Right now it's hard to imagine getting wet by one (too cold) but one day soon it will feel very refreshing ~ I just know it!

  7. bloominrs
    bloominrs says:

    It's shocking the lack of quality in hoses these days. I see that you'll be making do, and do your best to control that thing. Looks like fun.

    That's great that you can buy plants at the garden you visited too!

  8. arizonaplantlady@gmail.com
    arizonaplantlady@gmail.com says:

    Thank you all for your kind comments. It was nice to hear that I a not the only person that has experienced this type of malfunction. Right now, the kids are outside helping their dad in the garden…I think I will go out and water some kids (I mean plants).

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