|Un-pruned lantana on the left. Two light pruned lantana are to the right with a pile of clippings.|
After a record-setting February, I think that it’s safe to say that spring has officially arrived. Plants are waking up a bit early with flower buds bursting forth with glorious blooms.
|‘Sierra Star’ Fairy Duster (Calliandra ‘Sierra Star’)|
|Cereus peruvianus with golden barrel cactus (Echinocactus grusonii)|
|Ironwood tree (Olneya tesota)|
|Fragrant flowers of Texas mountain laurel (Sophora secundiflora)|
|Pink bower vine (Pandorea jasminoides)|
|‘Heavenly Cloud’ sage (Leucophyllum langmaniae ‘Heavenly Cloud’), yellow bells (Tecoma stans stans) and bougainvillea in my backyard.|
Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the television camera?
Last week was a busy one for me. I had several appointments scheduled, and then I got the ‘mother’ of all colds.
I don’t get sick colds very often. So, that is probably why when I do get them every few years – I get a severe one.
|My constant companions the past week.|
Years ago, there was a rather bare landscape area next to a golf course.
Wouldn’t it be great to have a regional guide for things to do, places to stay and great places to eat?
The EastValleyGuide is a great resource for those who live in Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa and Tempe.
I was asked to write an article for them about the challenges of desert gardening and some simple tips for growing a beautiful, low-maintenance landscape.
I don’t know about you, but I really value regional gardening information.
Whether you live and garden in the Southwest (like me), or the Northeast, Midwest, Great Lakes, the Rockies, the deep South, etc. – gardening tips tailored to your area are vital to your success in the garden.
|Not from my garden. I did enjoy seeing these hydrangeas growing in C.S. Lewis’ garden in Oxford, England.|
|Cauliflower, green onions, nasturtiums and hollyhocks.|
|Butterfly & Hummingbird Garden, I designed next to a golf course.|
Well, there I was….in my new job, working only as a landscape designer for a large home builder. My surroundings had definitely changed since I left my small and sometimes dirty maintenance office and traded it in for a beautiful office on the 14th floor in downtown Phoenix (you can read more in my “Part 1” post if you like).
Now you would think that with as a horticulturist, I was more then ready to get started……well not exactly. Before I was allowed to meet with home buyers by myself, I had to learn how to design a whole host of custom structures. And so, I spent 4 weeks learning how to design built-in BBQs, firepits, seatwalls, arbors, fountains, raised patios, etc.
I still have a couple of flagstone samples…..I’m not sure why I kept them.
You know, I soon learned to expect the unexpected. Each person is unique as are their preferences. Who would have ever guessed that someone would back out of a house purchase over a little 1 ft. wide strip of land……
I hope my stories are not too boring. I have had fun recalling some of the more memorable moments.
If you are not completely bored to death……come back for Part 3 in a few days 🙂