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Container Gardening: Growing Bougainvillea in Pots

Do you love the beauty of bougainvillea? Many of us will agree that bougainvillea is beautiful, but many homeowners hesitate to grow them for a variety of reasons. The most common that I hear is that they get too big and as a result, too messy. While both statements are certainly true, wouldn’t it be nice to enjoy […]

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Lessons From a Heat-Stressed Desert Garden

Let’s face it. Hot summers are not surprising to desert dwellers. In fact, a typical garden with native and desert-adapted plants will weather intense heat with little fuss. However, this summer has been one for the books and I’ve seen signs of heat-stress that I’ve never seen before. And yes, within my own garden. I […]

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Are Your Roses Feeling The Heat?

Photo: My Abraham Darby shrub rose and my little dog, Tobey.  If you live in a hot arid climate like me, chances are that your roses are feeling the heat and aren’t looking their best right now. While gardeners in cooler climates celebrate summer with beautiful rose blooms, the opposite is true for those of […]

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Garden Surprise: A Self-Planted Bouquet

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 past – from a boyfriend or two. But recently, I was presented with a bouquet from an unlikely source. If you look up the definition […]

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Mesquite Trees and Crazy Branches

Have you ever paused in the shade of a mesquite tree (Prosopis spp.) and noticed that its branches grow every which way?  I was reminded of this when I was visiting a client earlier this week and was advising him on how to care for his mesquite tree. I looked up and saw a cluster of […]

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Sometimes The Best Thing To Do About Aphids Is Nothing

What do you do when you spot aphids on your plants? Do you reach for the nearest bottle of insecticide? Spray them off with a hose or remove them with your fingers?   Believe it or not, sometimes the best thing is to do nothing. So, is this something I learned in school? No. I […]

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A New Shrub Named After a School Mascot

One of my favorite things I do as a landscape consultant is to show my clients newer plant introductions on the market. Imagine being the first person on your block with the latest plant that all your neighbors will want to add in their landscape.   Tecoma x ‘Orange Jubilee’   Many of you may […]

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Creative Container Gardening Tips

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 and in with the new.” In the desert garden, it’s when cool-season flowering annuals are traded out for those that can handle the […]