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Comment by Deborah Hamel (Z9a-9b Arizona) on Monday

What lovely color! Blues and purples are difficult to find, thank you for sharing these options.

Are you still a gardening spokesperson for Miracle Grow? I have found MG products to be remarkable. Your garden should be one of the go-to gardening examples in Arizona.

Comment by Grant, Scottsdale,Arizona Zone 9 on Monday

Thanks, Deborah, I appreciate it.  I'm always surprised with how durable nasturtiums are too.  Really, they're quite bullet proof here, as long as they're grown in winter/spring, LOL.  

I've got a TON of blue gilia in bloom all over the garden right now, plus our native "western four o'clock" or "Colorado four o'clock", Mirabilis multiflora.  Great, fun easy ways to get blues and purples in the garden.  Happy gardening all! 

Comment by Deborah Hamel (Z9a-9b Arizona) on April 6, 2014 at 1:50pm

Beautiful, again. Over the past few years of your postings of nasturtiums, I have gained a new found appreciation for their beauty. Thank you.

Comment by Grant, Scottsdale,Arizona Zone 9 on April 5, 2014 at 5:22pm

Thanks, Deborah.  Looking forward to some from yours as well.  Happy gardening all!  

Self sown nasturtiums:

Plus my pot crammed full of Hippeastrum striatum is starting to bloom too.  Not as large of flowers as fancy Dutch hybrids, but it makes a lot more of them, several times a year, and it has nice narrow evergreen foliage too, almost looking like a spider plant for much of the year.  Happy gardening all!

Comment by Deborah Hamel (Z9a-9b Arizona) on March 30, 2014 at 9:45pm

As always, beautiful photos, Grant. Thank you so much for sharing them.

Comment by Grant, Scottsdale,Arizona Zone 9 on March 30, 2014 at 4:25pm

Just for fun here are some quick pics of a no-ID aloe in bloom in my garden right now, plus some sandpaper verbena, very well named if you've ever felt that foliage!  Happy gardening! 

Comment by Grant, Scottsdale,Arizona Zone 9 on March 9, 2014 at 12:55pm

Simple, CHEAP, but fun, some extra petunias and alyssum that I put into an old plastic pot hanging from one of my orange trees.  The nasturtium (3:00 o'clock) popped up on its own.  I guess that's what I get for recycling potting soil from old pots, hah.  They self sow all over the garden for me, which I love.  This pot has and will provide an easy 8 or 9 months of easy, effortless color autumn through early summer.  Nothing fancy, but pretty nonetheless.  Happy gardening all! 

Comment by Grant, Scottsdale,Arizona Zone 9 on March 8, 2014 at 11:03am

Hi all, here's some of the very, very fragrant Gladiolus tristis blooming away in my garden this week.  Easy summer-dormant plants that flower each March or so, perfuming the garden each night and morning.  Happy gardening! 

Comment by Deborah Hamel (Z9a-9b Arizona) on August 22, 2013 at 12:13am

Beautiful photos, again, Grant. Thank you for posting them.

So far, this has been a traveling and hosting summer, so my gardens are suffering. Luckily, the variety of Alliums (onion, garlic, chive and leek) are still hanging in there. The Mary Washington asparagus, the hot peppers and woody herbs are also alive, though not thriving as in years past.

Today, under cloud cover and cooler temperatures, I was able to prepare most of my containers for fall planting. Perhaps such work is a little early, but with such inviting weather, I just couldn't help myself. I had to work in the gardens. We had some rain, which was wonderful and refreshing while working.

There were a few new visitors to the garden, which I am not please to find. The first is a corkscrew shelled snail. I gathered more than 50 this evening and set out a dish of salted beer in a saucer. That did the trick when we lived in Rockville, Maryland, I hope it will work here. I also found a potato beetle with the orange thorax and dark grey abdomen. I was removing the expired tomato plants and there he was...RIP There was a bright green colored praying mantis about 2 inches long also in the garden today. There were a few lace wings and lady bugs, so I hope the rose bush "A Perfect Moment" will be well protected from aphids.

Fruitful Gardening!

Comment by Grant, Scottsdale,Arizona Zone 9 on August 18, 2013 at 7:31pm

Hi everyone, well, the monsoon is back with a vengeance isn't it??  We had about ten days with mornings back down in the 70's F and it was great, now the afternoons are super hot and mornings are hot too.  Happily lots of folks around the Valley are getting nice deep afternoon rain showers, and aren't the sunsets AMAZING this time of year?  I hope folks who need it are getting some rain!  

Just for fun, here's a cactus I bought as a tiny thing at Ikea five years ago (yes, the home/furniture store).  It's been outside in a pot year round for several years, and blooms each late summer, like this bloom today.  I *believe* it's a Gymnocalycium, but I could be convinced otherwise.  Hope all is well with you and your gardens.  Happy gardening! 


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