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Comment by Deborah Hamel (Z9a-9b Arizona) on May 2, 2012 at 10:55pm

I found a nice little gardenia plant at the A & P Nursery around the corner from my home. I have a spot picked out for it and will plant it with joy tomorrow, per your suggestions Kirsten.

The young man at the nursery suggested a spray delivery system for the iron instead of using Ironite. Does anyone have a preference?

Comment by Deborah Hamel (Z9a-9b Arizona) on May 1, 2012 at 8:40pm

Does anyone have a suggestion where I can find a gardenia plant that is rooted? I will be in Phoenix tomorrow, so will stop at Baker Nursery. If any place in the valley has one, they will.

Comment by Deborah Hamel (Z9a-9b Arizona) on May 1, 2012 at 3:58pm

Kirsten-Bergie's Coffee House on Gilbert Road in Gilbert has a lovely gardenia in bloom. I don't remember seeing it before yesterday, after your posting. It is in a large pot, probably 18-20" across and the same in height. It is on the north side of their oleander hedge, so there is, as you wrote, a little morning sun, a little evening sun and shade the rest of the day. It is beautiful and fragrant blossoms on the north side of the plant. Thank you so much for posting the photo of yours. I was inspirational for me to see and realize I might be able to grow one.

Comment by Grant, Scottsdale,Arizona Zone 9 on May 1, 2012 at 11:50am

Fun updates all, thanks for sharing them.  Glad folks liked the nigella pic--they're just so easy to grow, so why not?  And you're right about the blue, Deborah.  Love them and even the seed heads are pretty. 

Beautiful gardenia, Kirsten!  It's one of my favorite floral scents too.  LOVE IT.  The few happy long-term ones I've seen in the valley have been in containers too, that gives folks better control over light, water, soil pH etc too, something you obviously already know as yours is just wonderful.  Thanks for sharing it!  Happy gardening everyone, enjoy this fabulous weather!

Comment by Deborah Hamel (Z9a-9b Arizona) on April 30, 2012 at 12:02pm

Grant-The blue color of your Nigella "Love in the Mist" flower is such an eye-catching blue. There are so few truly blue-colored flowers in the world. Thank you for sharing it.

Comment by Deborah Hamel (Z9a-9b Arizona) on April 30, 2012 at 11:57am

Kirsten- Beautiful and inspiring photos, particularly the gardenias. Please provide a few more details concerning the gardenia's growing conditions, like size and container construction, placement and watering. What would you change to make the conditions better? Until seeing your success, I had assumed there was no way to have gardenias, one of my absolutely favorite flowers and fragrance. Your post has inspired my morning, thank you so much.

Stay cool! Deborah

Comment by Grant, Scottsdale,Arizona Zone 9 on April 30, 2012 at 8:55am

Thanks, Deborah, I'm glad you enjoyed the adenium pics.  I know which big adenium plant you're referring to, it's magnificent, isn't it?  I admire it each year when they set it out for summer.  Amazing specimen. 

It's another gorgeous morning here in AZ and I noticed several nice nigella plants in bloom under my lemon tree and tangerine tree.  Nigella ("love in a mist" "fennel flower") is such a fun, easy, spring annual for adding a touch of ferny foliage and sky blue blooms.  It self sows all over the garden and is a fun, old time favorite.  Enjoy this stunning weather everyone!

Comment by Deborah Hamel (Z9a-9b Arizona) on April 29, 2012 at 3:45pm

Beautiful photos, Grant. There were many Adenium obesum in full bloom at the Desert Botanical Gardens plant sale and show. There is a huge plant in a container on the porch of the DBG herb area. I never knew what they were. Magical!

Thank you for the images.

Comment by Grant, Scottsdale,Arizona Zone 9 on April 29, 2012 at 11:52am

Here's a fun Adenium obesum blooming away on my patio.  I've been growing this plant for quite a few years and really love it.  It blooms off and on from spring through mid autumn.  I just give it plenty of sun, regular food/water in summer, and sun but no water in winter.  Happy gardening!

Comment by Grant, Scottsdale,Arizona Zone 9 on April 29, 2012 at 11:12am

Another gorgeous weekend!  I drove all around Scottsdale and central Phoenix yesterday (hitting the men's sale, thanks Macy's, LOL) and everything was just perfect:  cacti blooms, jacaranda blooms, oleanders, hibiscus, lantana, the works, and none yet had any faded/dropped blooms.  It is just a riot of color out there and just in perfection.  Enjoy it, everyone.  We're so lucky to live here and to garden here. 

Here's a silly quick and casual couple of pics of an Echinopsis subdenudata in bloom this morning, with several more flower buds forming.  Such easy, great plants in the ground or in containers here.  Happy gardening!

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