I must admit, that I particularly enjoyed creating this month’s Monthly Garden Bouquet.  In fact, it is the simplest one that I have put together.  It mirrors how I feel today……the bright colors of the flowers just make me want to celebrate.  

Without a doubt, one of my favorite shrubs is my Patriot Lantana ‘Desert Sunset’.  What I love most, is the variety of colors that are produced in a single cluster of flowers.  The second reason that I enjoy this plant so much, is that it is extremely low-maintenance……I just prune it back to about 2 feet in early March, make sure it is connected to our irrigation system and that is it.  No fertilizer, no deadheading…..nothing else is needed.  Don’t you wish more plants could be like this one?
Right now, butterflies are hovering above the brightly colored flowers in my garden.  I have three of these Lantana in my front garden.  About 7 years ago, I planted them around golf courses inside of planters.  At the time, I was able to obtain them in 4″ pots, which made them inexpensive and easy to transplant into the larger containers.  After the summer was over, it was time to remove the Lantana and replace them with winter flowering annuals.  Although the Lantana would easily survive outdoors in our winters, they would suffer frost damage and everything around the golf courses had to look perfect year-round.

I could not throw away these beautiful plants, so I planted them in protected landscape areas around the golf courses, gave some away to the landscape crew and came home with 3.  Free plants and 7 years of low-maintenance beauty…..life in the garden cannot get much better, can it?

When I look closely, I love seeing the little buds begin to open…..


 Now this is really cool…….look at the mature flower in the center and  you will notice the yellow florets are in the middle.  The new flower on the right has new yellow florets on the outside.  Guess what happens?  As the first yellow florets on the outside of the flower age, they turn orange and then pink.  How cool is that?
 Now, I do not have to go far to find a reason to celebrate today.  You may remember my mentioning my brother and sister-in-law were expecting……well on our way home from church yesterday, I received a text from my brother….they were at the hospital and the babies were on their way.  She had been scheduled for a c-section this Thursday, so we were a little thrown off….we could hardly get to the hospital fast enough.  
You know that look that new fathers get?  Well, I was thrilled to see that expression on my brother’s face as he announced the birth of his twin boys.  They are absolutely adorable and I was in heaven holding the youngest one.
Okay, thank you for bearing with me and listening to my wonderful news.  I am getting ready to go to the hospital to visit.  But before I go, I would love to have you submit your Monthly Garden Bouquet.

If you would like to participate in this month’s Monthly Garden Bouquet (and I hope you do), here are the guidelines.

1. MGB begins on the 21st of each month and runs until the end of each month. Bouquets can be submitted during this time (or even later 🙂 
2. Create your own garden bouquet as fancy or simple as you like.
3. I would appreciate it if you would provide a link back to my post inside of your MGB post, but it is not required 🙂 
4. Add your link to Mr. Linky below and that’s it! 

It can be as simple or fancy as you like.  Each month, I cannot wait to see what you all come up with.
******I promise to post Part 2 of Curing the Garden Blahs in a couple of days.******

Have a great week!

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."

24 replies
  1. Catherine@AGardenerinProgress
    Catherine@AGardenerinProgress says:

    How exciting for your family to have new babies!
    Your bouquet does look very happy, I just love the bright colors. I hope I can get out and put together a bouquet this week. Everything is beat up from all the crazy rain we've been having.

  2. FlowerLady
    FlowerLady says:

    Congrats on the new babies. I hope we get to see pictures. Hint, hint.

    Your Lantana bushes are beautiful and that certainly is a happy bouquet.

    Enjoy the rest of your week.

    FlowerLady

  3. Bernie
    Bernie says:

    It is such a beautiful bouquet. This variety certainly does have gorgeous flowers.

    Right now the lantana is in full bloom out in the surrounding bushland … unfortunately Lantana camara is regarded as a weed of national significance here and we work hard at eradicating it.

    Hubbie and I have a continual battle every year with the enormous clumps of it around our property … and it pops up on our property as well. It's hard to get rid of. I'm so glad that your cultivar doesn't pose such problems in your part of the world.

  4. Hocking Hills Gardener
    Hocking Hills Gardener says:

    Hi Noelle. Oh, what fantastic news. I cannot imagine having two tiny ones at the same time. They are going to be so busy.LOL!
    Your Lantana is beautiful and big. I love the plant to but it is a bush in your area. Too cold here. Anyway I love all of the bright colors in the bloom. It is different than the ones I have previously seen.Just gorgeous!
    I am going to have to make a bouquet and join in.

  5. Ami
    Ami says:

    Congratulations on the new arrivals to your brother's family! New life is always so exciting, and they have doubles!

    I envy your lantana, mine is not blooming very well, I think the other plants next to them maybe too tall that block some sun light.

  6. Curbstone Valley Farm
    Curbstone Valley Farm says:

    Noelle, well shoot…I don't have a bouquet to share, as the only thing blooming here at the moment, except for the squash, is a few sunflowers. Regardless, I can wish you congratulations on being an Auntie to adorable twins! Wonderful news!

  7. Jenni
    Jenni says:

    Noelle, congrats on being an Auntie!! Life is precious! I absolutely love your lantana, I'm actually envious. I see them at the garden shops up here and I am tempted..so tempted..but they do not survive the winters 🙁 Maybe I'll have to consider one for a summer pot next year. Have a great week!

  8. Marguerite
    Marguerite says:

    Noelle, I'm terribly jealous of your lantana. What outrageously beautiful colours and all on one plant!! It looks like something a child might colour given a full pack of crayons. Thanks again for hosting this meme and congratulations on becoming an aunt, Marguerite

  9. Rosey
    Rosey says:

    That Lantana has such vivid colors. I can see why it does so well in the hot AZ sun. That is a pretty bouquet/arrangement, Noelle!

    Thanks for commenting on my blog.

    TTFN
    Rosey

  10. Balisha
    Balisha says:

    Your lantana is beautiful. I love the colors. I planted the same at the Church Grotto and it did so well.
    Congrats on the new family members. Babies are so precious…please share pictures.
    My bouquet is up…It is better this month. More flowers are blooming…Balisha

    I put another comment here, but it disappeared.

  11. leavesnbloom
    leavesnbloom says:

    Your lantana blooms are just so exquisite. These shrubs are winners for sure as low maintenance plants.

    So glad to hear that your little nephews have arrived safetly.

  12. Rebecca @ In The Garden
    Rebecca @ In The Garden says:

    I can never get over how colourful Lantana is, they're so bright and varied they almost don't look real.

    Congratulations on the new additions to the family!! Twin boys are the best, I can't believe mine are almost 5. I still think of them as tiny babies.

  13. Auntie K
    Auntie K says:

    I saw some Lantana in a planter outside one of my favorite breakfast spots the other day and remembered it for the riot of color all in one plant. Congrats on the additions to your family.

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