|My Abraham Darby shrub rose and my little dog, Tobey.|
|Enjoying last minute cuddle time with Lily before she flew back to Michigan.|
“Where do you recommend I go to buy plants?” This is one question that I’m often asked, and Tmy answer varies.
The choices that people have for purchasing plants range from a locally owned nursery, a nursery chain, or a big box store.
So which is best? Well, that depends on the situation. So, I am going to give you my recommendations based on different factors.
|Big Box Store Nursery|
While traveling to areas with similar climates to mine, I take time to see if they have any specialty nurseries and take time to visit.
I do need to confess that my favorite place to find plants is not at a nursery, but at my botanical garden’s seasonal plant sale. They have hard to find plants, and I know that whatever plants I come home with will do well in my garden.
Regardless of where you shop for your plants, I highly recommend researching plants ahead of time.
Apple harvest time starts early in the desert Southwest. In my low desert garden, it arrives precisely in the first half of June.
As I mentioned in my earlier post, this year’s apple harvest was to be a special one because for the first time, my own apple trees would provide a sufficient harvest without us having to pick the trees on the family farm.
**You can read about our adoption journey to get Ruthie, here.**
Love them or hate them, oleanders have a firm foothold in the desert landscape where they are usually seen creating living green ‘walls’ in order to provide privacy.
|Advanced stages of oleander leaf scorch|
|Oleander leaf scorch|
|Symptoms of oleander leaf scorch|
|Drought-stressed oleander leaves|
|Initial signs of oleander leaf scorch.|
|Lower leaves showing the beginning symptoms of oleander leaf scorch.|
|Initial signs of oleander leaf scorch|
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Have you ever made a discovery that was literally under your nose?
Earlier this month, I embarked on a tour of low-water gardens that displayed sustainable design throughout the greater Phoenix area.
The earlier parts of our tour showed examples of water harvesting using cisterns along with man-made arroyos. Then we viewed a creative example of sustainable design for a beautiful parking lot that needed no supplemental water and little to no maintenance.
I mentioned last week that I had saved the best for last and I can’t wait to share with you this jewel in the midst of a desert city.
|My friend and fellow blogger, Pam Penick, came with me to this beautiful garden (you can see her at the top of the terraced planters).|
|Birdcage Evening Primrose (Oenothera deltoides) in the foreground and Mexican Evening Primrose (Oenothera berlanderi) growing against the Ocotillo.|
|Baja Fairy Duster (Calliandra californica) and Desert Marigold (Baileya multiradiata)|
|Deer Grass in the foreground.|
|Palo Brea (Parkinsonia praecox) trees and gabion walls line the main walkway.|
|Gold Mound Lantana, Orange Bush Lantana and Pink & White Globe Mallow.|
I am always on the lookout for beautiful landscapes that are well-designed and need minimal care. I like to call them sustainable or ‘fuss-free’ landscapes.
A week ago, my friend and fellow-blogger, Pam Penick came into town on a quest to see examples of gardens that use little water. So, I was more then happy to spend a day with her looking at some great examples of gardens around the greater Phoenix area.
The first part of our journey began with a visit to the beautifully-designed Arizona State Polytechnic Campus, which included cisterns, man-made arroyos and creative uses for urbanite. If you missed it, you can read about our visit, here.
The second leg of our tour took us to a butterfly/hummingbird demonstration garden along a golf course and a well-designed parking lot (yes, I said a parking lot).
First, was our visit to a butterfly/hummingbird demonstration garden.
|Firecracker Penstemon (Penstemon eatoni)|
|Pink Autumn Sage (Salvia greggii)|
|Coral Globe Mallow (Sphaeralcea ambigua ‘Coral’)|
|Firecracker Penstemon, Purple Trailing Lantana and Damianita.|
|White Globe Mallow|
Where do you expect to see vegetable gardens planted?
Most of the time, vegetable gardens are found in the backyard.
But, have you ever thought of locating your vegetable garden somewhere else?