What’s Chewing On My Leaves?

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Have you ever noticed circular areas missing from your leaves? If so, you aren't alone. The other day I noticed several of my plants with neat semi-circular sections missing. But, was I worried? Nope, and I'll tell you why in my latest…
firecracker penstemon (Penstemon eatonii)

A Front Garden (NOT a Yard)

Exploring My Front Garden: More Than Just a Yard Do you have a front garden adorned with perennials and succulents, or do you simply call it a front yard? Personally, I prefer not to refer to the front area of a home as a mere 'yard'. The…

Behind Every Green Thumb Are a Trail of Dead Plants

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A 'Painted Lady' butterfly drinking nectar from a lantana. Learning from Mistakes in the Garden: A Green Thumb's Journey Embracing the Reality of Gardening Do you know someone who has a green thumb? Usually, it's someone with…

Sow Wildflower Seed in Fall for a Gorgeous Spring Display

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California bluebells and red flax Cultivating Wildflowers: Nature's Colorful Display The Beauty of Spring Wildflowers One of spring's many joys are the fields of wildflowers that we often see growing along the side of the road.…

Celebrating “Second Spring” in the Southwest Garden

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Cultivating Wildflowers: Nature's Colorful DisplayRediscovering the Desert's Beauty in Fall As summer begins to slowly fade and the heat begins to dissipate, the Southwestern garden comes alive with second spring. In the absence…
How to Fertilize Cactus and Succulents in Containers

How to Fertilize Cactus and Succulents in Containers

Fertilize Cactus and Succulents in Containers Tips for Fertilizing Cactus and Succulents in Containers Many of you appreciate the beauty and the low-maintenance of using succulents (including cactus) in containers Container…
Texas sage shrub

The Importance of Proper Shrub Pruning

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A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to take another photo of a landscape I passed by in a neighborhood where I had just finished up a landscape consultation. I was shocked at the mushroom shaped shrubs. The Pitfalls of Shrub Pruning…

Avoiding Storm Damage – Desert Museum Palo Verde Trees

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Exploring the Beauty of the Desert Museum Palo Verde 'Desert Museum' Palo Verde Trees The Desert Museum Palo Verde (Parkinsonia 'Desert Museum'), a beloved tree in arid climates, graces numerous residential, commercial, and community…
sunburned citrus

Sunburned Citrus: Common Signs of Sun Damage

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The Sunburn Experience: Not Just for Humans Have you ever had a sunburn? Maybe a better question is, "Who hasn't?" Well, did you know that many plants get too much as well? Sunburned Citrus: A Common Concern On a recent visit…
coral fountain shrub

8 Colorful Plants for the Desert Garden and Where to Find Them

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When people think about what a desert garden looks like, what comes to mind? Perhaps, visions of lots of brown with rocks and a cactus or two? Maybe visions of mostly brown terrain with scattered rocks and a couple of cacti? But in reality,…