Entries by arizonaplantlady@gmail.com

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Fall Foliage for the Southwestern Garden

Does it look like fall where you live? If you live in the West or Southwestern regions of the U.S. your answer is probably “no”. Fall foliage we enjoyed on a trip to Williamsburg, VA several years ago.   Have you ever traveled somewhere else to find colorful fall foliage?   What if you could […]

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Old, Overgrown Plants: Time to Start Over?

Have you ever driven by a newly-planted landscape?  If so, you probably noticed that many of the plants were quite small.     I like to joke that sometimes you need a magnifying glass just to see the new plants. But as small as they are, within a short amount of time, those plants start […]

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An Historic Garden Jewel in the City

Imagine finding yourself stepping back in time, surrounded by small adobe homes and extensive gardens – all in modern-day Phoenix.   The Phoenix Homesteads District dates back to the 1930s and is the only adobe neighborhood in Phoenix.  Mature pine trees line the streets interspersed with Mexican fan palms creating a green tunnel that beckons you […]

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Fall Planting: How to Select Plants

The signs that fall is approaching are sometimes so subtle that it is easy to miss them.  But, they are there just the same. You may notice the lengthening shadows on your way home from work, signaling shorter days.  Or maybe you’ve noticed that you aren’t rushing indoors as quickly as you did earlier this summer.   Fall is […]

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Made in the Shade: Yellow Dot

It may surprise you to find that it is easier to find plants that thrive in the sun than in the shade. Especially if you live in the desert Southwest. Why is this, you may ask? Well, it can be hard to find plants that can handle the intense, dry heat of our climate while […]

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Too Much Salt Isn’t Good For You OR Your Plants…

I have a weakness (well, one of many) to confess to you today…. I absolutely love salt.   In fact, I have a theory that the reason that so many people love french fries is not the potatoes or the fat it is fried in. No, it is the salt that you put on them afterwards. […]

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DIY Garden: Portable Drip Irrigation With a Recycled Milk Jug

Do you have plants that need extra water this summer?  Many of us have a few plants that aren’t connected to an irrigation system. Some people don’t have an irrigation system and use a hose to water plants, which is time-consuming and inefficient.   While you can certainly haul out your hose and water each […]