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Comment by Deborah Hamel (Z9a-9b Arizona) on March 4, 2012 at 9:05pm

I have given up on grass in those shady spots, so now I am looking for bushes/shrubs to fill in along a fence that has 2-3 hours of direct sun each day. Any suggestions?

Comment by Deborah Hamel (Z9a-9b Arizona) on March 4, 2012 at 9:03pm

Thank you Nancy. I met Carolyn Hill, an Arizona Herb Association member last week at Baker's Nursery and she mentioned the group. She also mentioned Egyptian Walking Onions as another of her favorites. I have been online looking at them, interesting. I am just learning about Allium, fascinating!

Thank you Grant for your kind words.

I spent most of the weekend doing spring cleaning in the garden containers and yard, still much more to do. Hopefully everyone is enjoying this wonderful weather as much as our plants are.

Comment by Nancy Mumpton - Phoenix AZ (Z 9) on March 4, 2012 at 5:34pm

Hi Deborah, I got my l'itoi onions from the Arizona Herb Association. Their web site is They sell herb and such when they have their meetings. You could contact them and see if the onions sets are available for sale now.

Comment by Grant, Scottsdale,Arizona Zone 9 on March 4, 2012 at 5:33pm

Hopefully someone who grows a lawn here will chime in Pam.  Let us know if you find out what the problem is.  I'm sure you've already checked all of your irrigation etc.  You can always buy plugs and slabs of Bermuda sod in spring to put in the bare spots, but other than lots of sun, fairly regular water, and warm temps I'm out of tips.  

In the meantime, here's something totally unrelated:  bright orange coral aloe blooms (Aloe striata) with some "desert bluebells" (Phacelia campanularia) in the background on the east side of my house.  Enjoy this amazing weather everyone! 

Comment by Pam Clark-Spitler on March 4, 2012 at 3:16pm

Grant, yes we grow Bermuda in the summer, but we haven't had much luck with it in the past couple of years, we're not sure what our lawn guy is doing wrong....we even have some areas that are bare!

Comment by Grant, Scottsdale,Arizona Zone 9 on March 4, 2012 at 2:20pm

I love love love your freesias, Deborah!  I love these nice hot colors, but I bet the white ones are gorgeous too.  Thanks for posting the eye and nose candy!  I had a small clump of the old fashioned plain orange ones in my last Scottsdale garden--you're giving me a craving to get them for my current place, LOL.

I'm not a lawn expert at all, Pam, so hopefully someone will chime in.  What specific information are you seeking?  Most folks here grow hybrid Bermuda grass for summer lawns, and many overseed with winter rye for winter when the Bermuda is mostly asleep.  I'm sure some of our lawn growers will chime in.

Happy gardening everyone!


Comment by Pam Clark-Spitler on March 4, 2012 at 11:10am

I'm trying to find someone that knows something about summer lawns...we need help....does anyone have any suggestions or recommendations?  We live in Phoenix.

Comment by Deborah Hamel (Z9a-9b Arizona) on March 4, 2012 at 10:30am

Freesia blooming in our beautiful Gilbert sun. The white color is actually my favorite for habit, fragrance and longevity. The white also seems to be the last to bloom each season, once in the spring (now) and once in the fall (October-November).

Comment by Grant, Scottsdale,Arizona Zone 9 on March 4, 2012 at 10:17am

What terrific weather we're having this weekend!  I spent several hours yesterday hiking the Jojoba Trail by nearby Bartlett Lake yesterday--what a wonderful way to spend time on a warm winter day.  Today I  plan to spend all day in the garden, specifically weeding and then adding some river rock mulch to some newly planted pots with succulents in them (I hate looking at potting soil in pots, LOL).  Here's a quick and casual pic of a bistro table out on my south facing patio.  The mini-petunia and the geranium, have been blooming every single day for months, and they've got several more months of bloom ahead of them.  Easy, fun color.  I hope you'll take a look and enjoy.  Good luck in your plant hunt, Deborah, and happy gardening everyone!

Comment by Deborah Hamel (Z9a-9b Arizona) on March 3, 2012 at 12:06pm

I am actively seeking bulbs for planting, specifically two varieties of onion:

1.  The Iitoi Onion, Allium cepa, also known as Papago Onion and Tahono O'odham Onion

2.  The Egyptian Walking Onion, Allium cepa proliferum, also known as Walking Onion and Tree Onion

Can anyone help me locate and acquire bulbs (5-10) for planting this spring? I know I am late for planting, should wait for fall, but would like to try now.

Thank you all for helping.


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