Summer is a season filled with warm weather (or hot if you live in the desert) and brightly colored blossoms.


While I usually enjoy the view of my summer garden from the comfort of my air-conditioned house, this year I’ve experienced a twist in my summer gardening experience.  


I have spent time gardening this summer in an entirely different state.


It all started back in 2007 when my daughter, Brittney, met a handsome geologist and got married.  Fast forward to 2015 and that same geologist finished his Ph.D. and got a job offer in Michigan.  So, they packed up and moved to the picturesque town of Petoskey, which is located at the ‘top of the mitt’ as Michiganders like to say.


In June, they bought their first home, and I was on hand to help them with their new garden.  Now, to be honest, my oldest daughter has never shown any particular interest in gardening to this point in her life, despite my best efforts.  But, that was before she had her very own house and garden.


These next few posts will highlight our garden adventures, including me learning some new things about gardening in a climate where temperatures dip to -20 degrees in winter.

Planting roses for my daughter.

Whether you live in the desert southwest, Michigan or anyplace where you have a small area in which to garden – many of the same gardening guidelines apply, and I invite you to join me on a summer gardening adventure where I promise, you’ll learn a few helpful tips for your garden.


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."

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  1. FlowerLady Lorraine
    FlowerLady Lorraine says:

    So sweet seeing them from their wedding to seeing their new house and gardens and your daughter with little one and little one to be. I look forward to seeing more of her gardens. Having one's own home makes a difference.

    Have a great week ~ FlowerLady

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  2. Alexandra Smith
    Alexandra Smith says:

    From: Sandy Smith, Hi Noelle, today is my 27th anniversary. I just thought of something little Lily might enjoy. Lillies of the Valley. I lived in Milwaukee, WI for a short time, as a pre-teen. think, based on my recollection, their chill time is similar to tulips. Our Lillies of the Valley were in the shady portion of our yard. I can't comment on the toxicity re: pets, etc. I just had the light bulb over my head about the name correlation. Hope you all are having fun.
    XO

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