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Comment by Grant, Scottsdale,Arizona Zone 9 on February 28, 2012 at 8:01am

I'm with you, Kirsten, it's getting late to have such lows at night in the forecast.  Boo.  Happily we should bounce back up to seasonal averages of 70's by mid week and even some low 80's for the weekend, but until then, it's sweater time, LOL.  Hopefully no one gets any frost locally.  Keep the fun posts and updates coming!  Just for fun, here's a quick pic of a crowded but interesting flower bed along the east side of my house.  Some coral aloes (Aloe striata) and some Bryophyllum ("mother of thousands") plants are in bloom.  If you really strain your eyes you can see a couple of small nasturtium blooms waaaaay in the background at the right, and one of my three birdbaths in the center. 

Here's to putting winter behind us, LOL.  Happy gardening!

Comment by Victoria Taylor on February 27, 2012 at 10:34pm

Thanks for clarifying, Deborah.  This Ohio farm girl has a lot to learn about AZ gardening.  :) 

Comment by Grant, Scottsdale,Arizona Zone 9 on February 27, 2012 at 8:02am

Congratulations on the asparagus harvest, Deborah, that must be especially gratifying.  Thanks for sharing about what conditions you're giving them.  Good luck with your peppers too.  This is such a great time of year to garden, isn't it?  I think our frost risk is over for the year.  My little garden snuck by this year without any frost at all.  Quite a change from last winter!  I'm still enjoying a bounty of lettuce and Swiss chard, and my yellow pear tomato seedlings I started are all outside too.  It's nice to finally get some space again in the windowsills, LOL.  Happy gardening everyone.  Just for fun, here's a common white-flowered "geranium" growing under one of my smaller citrus trees in the back yard. Such easy plants for blooms autumn, winter, spring and early summer.

Comment by Deborah Hamel (Z9a-9b Arizona) on February 27, 2012 at 12:23am

Victoria- My statement wasn't very clear. I have containers that are above ground for all of my plantings, both vegetable or decorative. I planted Mary Washington asparagus roots in the ground (in the container soil).

Comment by Grant, Scottsdale,Arizona Zone 9 on February 26, 2012 at 10:08am

Here's a close up of just some of the many, MANY blooms on a coral aloe (Aloe striata) in my garden.  I love these aloes for year round beauty, and effortless winter/spring blooms (with an occasional summer repeat), so I've planted quite a few of them.  The pure species has a single bright white line on each leaf edge that turns orange in winter which is a nice touch.  Super easy and very easy to find and purchase too.  They do like a bit of afternoon shade in summer if possible.  Great stuff!  Happy gardening!

Comment by Grant, Scottsdale,Arizona Zone 9 on February 26, 2012 at 9:26am

Get ready for a weather roller coaster, Phoenicians, LOL.  80 F today, then two blustery days topping out in the low 60s F, then back to low and mid 70s (our seasonal average this time of year).  Hawaiian shirt today, and sweater vests tomorrow and Tuesday, LOL.  Regardless of weather, here's a plant that's always looking fantastic in late winter/early spring (and year-round, frankly), Euphorbia rigida (sometimes listed as E. biglandulosa).  I have several in my sloped front garden in full bloom right now, and several in my flat back garden that are just getting some color.  They're so easy to grow and keep happy, and they really only need water every week or ten days to stay happy.  Individual stems die after setting seed (which sprouts all over, LOL), but if you trim them back to two inches, new side shoots pop right up, plus the plant never blooms all at once, so there are always some non-blooming stems too, so the plant never looks bad any week of the year.  Gotta love the bright chartreuse!  It blends so nicely with every other color.  Happy gardening! 

Comment by Victoria Taylor on February 25, 2012 at 9:00am

I haven't tried pots in the ground other than for my mint.  Are you placing them in pots to improve the soil?  To move them? Other?  Please explain.

Comment by Deborah Hamel (Z9a-9b Arizona) on February 25, 2012 at 2:49am

Yes, today was beautiful. I love the breeze, almost like a tropical winter. Every year that I took weather notes, we have had one last frost mid-to-late February. I don't see it happening this winter, what do you all think?

Because I think we are not likely to have more frost, I purchased tomato and hot pepper plants from A & P Nursery near my home. I really like the Better Boy. They tolerate the heat better than most, have many fruits throughout the spring, summer and fall.

One area is prime for hot peppers like the Thai Long Hot Pepper and others. They really like the sun and hot weather.

Mary Washington asparagus roots went in the ground today. There are several areas I have been testing asparagus, and have found their perfect habit. Plant in large containers on the north side of the house where they have 6-8 hours of sun. This is the third year, so I am harvesting this season. The stalks are so tender and sweet, I have been slipping them into green salads instead of cooking them.

Comment by Grant, Scottsdale,Arizona Zone 9 on February 24, 2012 at 6:12pm

Great to have you on board, Victoria.  Like Deborah mentioned, the DBG is a wonderful resource for us.  I joined the first week I moved here in 2000, LOL, and have continued since then.  I visit it probably twice a month, often more.  It's a great resource, and there are lots of great local-gardening books too. 

How wonderful is the weather today??  I had houseguests all last week and while they loved the weather I was disappointed it was cooler than average (though still in the 60s F, so quite nice for them).  I'm glad to see the warmer temps back for sure.  :) 

Here's simple flower, but one that's still pretty, a nice bright red nasturtium blooming out in my garden.  I've got dozens and dozens (and dozens, LOL) of them in pots and in the ground, and they bloom like crazy all late winter, spring, and early summer. 


Happy gardening all!



Comment by Victoria Taylor on February 17, 2012 at 7:37pm

Thank you, Deborah and Grant for your warm welcome. 


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