Happy New Year Everyone!  I hope that this coming year will bring you much joy in your gardens.

Well, 2011 is off to a VERY cold start here in the desert southwest.  Our nighttime lows have dipped into the mid 20’s.  Now for those of you who live in colder winter climates, this may not seem particularly cold, but for us, temperatures in the 20’s does not occur often.

My vegetable garden has been covered with old sheets and towels for 3 nights now and tomorrow, I will see how everything fared, since our temperatures will be somewhat warmer.

I also covered some of my Trailing Lantana near the front of my house, but I did give up on my larger Bush Lantana, which is now quite brown and crispy.  I will prune it back once the danger of frost is over and they will grow back quickly.
Our dogs were surprised to find their water bowls topped with an inch of ice.  I am thankful that our temperatures will start to warm up to the mid 30’s the next few nights.

Well now for announcing the winner of my giveaway.  I do need to apologize for not posting the winner of the giveaway yesterday.  Unfortunately, sometimes time just runs away from me and I apologize for my later announcement.  

The winner of this calendar is Balisha, who is also a fellow blogger.  I encourage you to check out her blog “Never Enough Time”, where I find beauty and inspiration.
I pray that you all have a wonderful week and I look forward to getting back to blogging more regularly, now that the holidays are over 🙂

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."

12 replies
  1. debsgarden
    debsgarden says:

    We have had some very cold temps this past month, too. We even had a White Christmas, which is a first in my lifetime. I hope your plants survive the freeze. May you have a wonderful year, filled with many happy gardening days.

  2. Becca
    Becca says:

    Experiencing the same thing here in Vegas. Weird to see my fountains frozen over! I look forward to the warmer sunnier day when I can clean up all the leaves and feed my poor hungry birds!
    Happy New Year to you!

  3. Balisha
    Balisha says:

    Happy New Year Noelle,
    I'm so happy to be the winner. I will treasure this wonderful calendar. I will hang it right on the wall in front of my computer desk, so that I can see it when I post on my blog.
    I've learned so much from you and have enjoyed following your beautiful family's adventures.Again, hope the New Year brings you much joy.

  4. Rose
    Rose says:

    That is very cold for Arizona! I hope that it warms up for you soon and that your garden didn't suffer too much damage from the cold temps. Best wishes for a Happy New Year, Noelle!

  5. Hocking Hills Gardener
    Hocking Hills Gardener says:

    This is turning out to be one cold winter so far. Even colder here than we usually get. I think they said it was our fourth coldest December on record. It has to be a nuisance also to have to keep covering plants. I hope everything makes it through Noelle. Congratulations to Balisha for winning your beautiful calendar.Have a great week.

  6. Ami
    Ami says:

    Wow, that was real cold for Arizona! Your give-away calendar looks so nice, and I am sure Balisha will enjoy it very much. Wish you a very happy New Year and a year full of gardening fun!

  7. jeansgarden
    jeansgarden says:

    Happy New Year, Noelle. The same dip in the jet stream that brought you exceptionally cold weather brought New England bizarrely warm temperatures (daytime highs in the 50s and 60s and overnight lows above freezing) for the new year. Today, though, things are getting back to normal and reminding us all that it is January, not March or April. -Jean

  8. Gail
    Gail says:

    Happy New Year Noelle! We've been having colder then usual weather, too, but, the sheets only come out in early spring and late autumn! Congrats Balisha~what a beautifuul calendar. gail

  9. Helen at summerhouse
    Helen at summerhouse says:

    How unusual for you to have such low temps. Hopefully it will all change soon as some of our Snow bird relatives are heading that way in the next few days. Could be in for a bit of shock after trying to get away from the cold and snow of Calgary.

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