DIY Natural Household Cleaner From Citrus Peels

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Do you like the idea of using household cleaners that are natural? I do. Especially after I noticed a build-up of 'blue' cleaning product in the small crevices of my bathroom counters. So, I decided to focus on using natural cleaners…
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Landscape No-No’s and How to Fix Them: Over Planted, Poodle Pruned Shrubs and Lack of Variety

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Photo: Landscape No-No Have you ever driven past a landscape that had some problems with it?  As a horticulturist and landscape consultant, my attention diverts whenever I see ‘Landscape No-No’s’ like this one. Awhile…

My Love Affair With Roses: Looking Forward and Back

I have had a love affair with roses for over 26 years. It all began when we bought our first house. I was a young mother with two girls who was giddy with the possibilities of having her very own spot of garden to grow roses in. We…
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Old and New Blend Together in My Backyard Landscape

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Do you have parts of your backyard landscape that you would like to change?  Perhaps you have areas you like, but there are plants you are tired of or are struggling with. I want to show you what I did in my backyard, where I blended…
Rosemary Herb Salt

DIY Rosemary Herb Salt

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Do you like to use herbs to flavor your favorite dishes?  If so, than you'll want to try herb salt. So what are herb salts, you may wonder? They are a mix of the herb of your choice combined with kosher or sea salt and they add…
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Container Gardening: Growing Bougainvillea in Pots

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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…
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Lessons From a Heat-Stressed Desert Garden

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Let's face it. Hot summers are not surprising to desert dwellers. In fact, a typical desert garden with native and desert-adapted plants will weather intense heat with little fuss. However, this summer has been one for the books and…
Philodendron 'Birkin'

Dipping My Toes Into the Wonderful World of Houseplants

I have a shocking confession to make... Believe it or not, I'm relatively new to growing houseplants. Yep, it's true. As a horticulturist, I've focused my career almost solely on outdoor plants with only the occasional foray into…

Are Your Roses Feeling The Heat?

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Photo: Roses Feeling The Heat , My Abraham Darby shrub rose and my little dog, Tobey. If you live in a hot arid climate, chances are that your roses are feeling the heat and aren't looking their best right now. While gardeners in cooler…
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How Do You Choose a Plant Nursery?

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"Where do you recommend I go to buy plants?" This is one question that I'm often asked by desert dwellers. The choices that people have for purchasing plants range from a locally owned nursery, a nursery chain, or a big box store.   So…