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Comment by Deborah Hamel (Z9a-9b Arizona) on March 9, 2013 at 10:29pm

What a beautifully saturated pink color, Grant! How nice to be inspired by such glory on this grey day. Thank you.

Comment by Deborah Hamel (Z9a-9b Arizona) on February 23, 2013 at 9:41pm

Lorie-I would love to hear more about your trough gardening experiences. How nice to find someone else enjoying over-sized containers.

Grant-I love those pretty pansy faces peaking out from under the petunias. Your photos are so inspiring and uplifting. Thank you!

Comment by Lorie Bowlin Friedmann on February 20, 2013 at 11:18pm

I didn't see in hail or snow flurries here in (north) Peoria, though from the news the west valley had quite a hail/snow that stuck enough for snowballs. I've put off planting my trough gardens because of the cold. I plan on planting some peas this weekend and hopefully my seedlings weren't started to late to get transplanted in the next couple of weeks.

It was a surprise because it didn't seem cold enough for snow. I've only lived in thr Phoenix area for the last 3 years, moved up from 28 years in Tucson. About every other year or so, If conditions were right - a freeze and rain, we'd get some snow.

Hope the cold snaps ends because I've put away all frost cloth, etc. 

Comment by Deborah Hamel (Z9a-9b Arizona) on February 20, 2013 at 7:58pm

Did you experience hail this evening? We did here in northern Gilbert. The temperature dropped 20+ degrees in as many minutes! I thought you all might like to see a snapshot from my west-facing porch.

The white spots in the photo are hail stones falling. The neighbor's roof isn't white, that is hail accumulation completely covering the surface. The trough garden has a parsley and rosemary plant in it, note the hail accumulation on the soil. Just after the hail stopped, I cleared the soil surface. What a surprise this storm was. I have never seen anything like this in the 18 years in residence here in Gilbert.

How did all of your gardens fair?

Comment by Lorie Bowlin Friedmann on February 9, 2013 at 5:05pm

Rosemary plants are great. I've always had them somewhere in my garden. They're almost indestructible against our AZ heat and cold snaps. They can get kind of woody with age, like the be pruned for good circulation and sun. And best of all...delicious herbs for meats and roasted root vegetables.

Did you get much of the rain last night? Lovely rain here in Peoria about 2am... I've been lazy about tackling some gardening, though started some tom, zuch, & cuke seeds indoors (maybe a little late). 

Enjoy the results of your work today Grant, but it looks great. Oh, and beautful pix of you aloe blooms. :)

Comment by Nancy Mumpton - Phoenix AZ (Z 9) on February 3, 2013 at 10:11am

I have a 5 foot tall "pencil cactus" that looks terrible. I am feeling the same as you about it. I don't want to have to deal with the frost damage every year. It is beautiful in the fall but looking at dead sticks for months is not worth it to me!

Comment by Nancy Mumpton - Phoenix AZ (Z 9) on February 2, 2013 at 4:38pm

My yard is a disaster but I'm trying to wait until the end of February just in case. It is hard though and it really, really bothers me to wait.

Comment by Nancy Mumpton - Phoenix AZ (Z 9) on January 28, 2013 at 4:20pm

We are in 9A-B like you said. I don't know why it comes up with 8B but doesn't seem right!

Comment by Deborah Hamel (Z9a-9b Arizona) on January 28, 2013 at 2:58pm

Great photos, Grant! I love the first one the best, but the others put perspective on the site. Thank you!

We received so much rain over the weekend, that it is standing over an inch deep everywhere! Nice for the trees and the gardens.

I've begun researching Oxalis varieties. Wow! Some 200 and several names I had not heard before, like "wood sorrel." Have a look at the Wikipedia entry:

Comment by Deborah Hamel (Z9a-9b Arizona) on January 28, 2013 at 2:51pm

Okay, fellow Arizona gardeners. I just visited the Fine Gardening website and clicked on the "find your zone," did so and it says the USDA hardness zone for Gilbert, AZ is 8B. I thought Gilbert was a 9a-b, at least according to other sources reporting a USDA Hardness Zone map. Is the 10 degree difference enough to really matter?


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