It’s that time of year, the weather is cooler, the trees are dressed up in their colors and people are almost ready for Halloween.
My youngest daughter, Gracie, is going to be a ‘butterfly princess’ this year and my son Kai will be the ‘Brawny’ paper towel guy. I bought him work boots (he loves those), a flannel shirt and of course, a package of ‘Brawny’ paper towels.
This year, we will be hosting the family Halloween night with my sister, brother and their families. I can hardly wait.
This post has been a huge favorite every year. I hope you enjoy it!
Usually when I am called to a help out a homeowner with their landscape, it is because they are having a problem with their plants, or sometimes they are new to the desert and want to learn how to garden in our dry climate.
Last week, I visited a homeowner who had some questions about whether or not he was taking good care of his garden.
His house is located just northeast of the metro Phoenix area, in the desert. He and his wife had lived there for over 15 years and they designed their garden by themselves.
As I approached the front entry, I was greeted by this beautiful Ocotillo that was back lit by the morning sun…
This past weekend, I was on a mission.
My mission was to replace the few plants that had died in my in-laws garden as well as replace their warm-season annuals with cool-season ones.
Unfortunately, I could not indulge my creative side and re-design the landscape that I had originally created 9 years ago because my mother-in-law wanted to keep everything the same as it was before.
My father-in-law was a meticulous gardener and was beautiful, perfectly pruned and very neat and tidy (very much unlike my own messy and untidy garden 😉
As his illness progressed, I started to take over care of his prized landscape. Now that he has passed away, I still care for it. Every Sunday night, we go over and have dinner with my mother-in-law. We always arrive a bit early so that my husband can do miscellaneous tasks around the house and I help in the garden.
And so back to my mission – I had to find the exact same plants that had died over the summer. Now for those of you who do a lot of planting – you know it can be hard to find everything you need at a single nursery.
As I pressed, on I noticed movement among the plants. This rooster was busy eating the tops of the plants.
I thought that I would share with you my observations on various landscape practices that I viewed over a one week period last month.
As a horticulturist (or a plant lady as my kids call me), I have a hard time “turning off” and not looking at landscapes as I go by. I am always looking for a beautiful garden 🙂
So here are my observations, in no particular order.
I saw both of these agave on my way home from my mother-in-law’s house.
You may be surprised to find that there is a serious problem with this tree.
Here it is a bit closer.
As you can see, the cable wire is digging into the trunk and starting to cut off the vascular system of the tree, which is located around the outer portion of the trunk.
I hope your week is going well.
One the most frequent comments that I receive from readers is that some of the plants that grow in the desert are so strange and unusual. This is especially true for those of us who are not desert natives.
Although I have lived here in the desert for over 24 years, I still find many of the plants unique and strange to my eyes.
This past Monday my sister (Daisy Mom) took me and my family to a very special place at the base of the desert mountains. Beautiful gardens, plant collections from around the world and wild animals were on display for all to see at “The Living Desert”.
Christmas in the desert is much the same as it is around the world. Christmas lights adorn homes and trees, with a few notable exceptions. This is the desert after all….we sometimes do things a little differently.
What does Christmas look like where you live?
The saguaro cactus is one of the most iconic plants of Arizona, (Carnegiea gigantea), it is perhaps the most recognizable trademark of the Sonoran desert with their tall arms reaching toward the sky.
Ocotillo produces beautiful vermillion blooms that attract hummingbirds and their canes leaf out occasionally in response to humidity and rain.