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Comment by Deborah Hamel (Z9a-9b Arizona) on May 27, 2013 at 4:40pm

In memory of those who have passed, may your Memorial Day be filled with precious memories.

Here are a couple of photos of Karen's Memorial Trough Garden, in honor of my dear friend. Everything is luscious, as if watched over by an angel. I found my morning watering and photographing this garden filled with wonderful memories of my dear friend.

Enjoy the garden update.

Comment by Deborah Hamel (Z9a-9b Arizona) on May 27, 2013 at 4:33pm

In memory of those who have passed, may your Memorial Day be filled with precious memories.

Here are a couple of photos of Karen's Memorial Trough Garden, in honor of my dear friend. Everything is luscious, as if watched over by an angel. I found my morning watering and photographing this garden filled with wonderful memories of my dear friend.

Enjoy the garden update.

Comment by Grant, Scottsdale,Arizona Zone 9 on May 19, 2013 at 10:46am

Hiya Deborah and all, fun update, we're looking forward to pics of your garden.  How lovely about your peach harvest too--enjoy them!  What variety are you growing?

I do get a lot of geckoes in the garden, but they must have missed this spider, LOL.  I've never seen a black widow in 13 years in AZ and I hope to keep it that way!  

Here's 'Mr. Wren' geranium again.  

Happy gardening everyone!

Grant

Comment by Deborah Hamel (Z9a-9b Arizona) on May 19, 2013 at 1:01am

Beautiful photos, as usual, Grant.

You must not have geckos, because you have spiders. Our little, and not so little, geckos keep our spider population to a minimum. I haven't seen a black widow spider in nearly a decade, and that is about when geckos moved into our area.

Is the photo with the spider your geranium "Mr. Wren?" I have never seen such a flower, beautiful and interesting.

I hope to shoot garden photos tomorrow, the temperature should be refreshing in the early morning.

The early peach tree is ready to harvest, as are a few of the early tomatoes. The winds have been damaging to the young tomato plants, so the fruits are cramped, since it didn't work to prop them up.

Happy gardening, and please share photos of your gardens fellow Arizona gardeners.

Comment by Grant, Scottsdale,Arizona Zone 9 on May 18, 2013 at 11:43am

Hiya Deborah and all, yup, I bring in special geraniums for summer, like 'Mr. Wren' below.  For the common easily available types, like no-name reds or whatever purchased for winter, I usually just let them fade and remove them for summer, but Mr. Wren will come inside when he's getting stressed.  I can't say about the pets, I suppose it depends on them, hah!

Here's a fun 'Sorceress' Echinopsis in bloom in the garden, plus a neat bright yellow spider on some nigella (great winter/spring flowering annuals here) in the garden.  Plenty of other pics in my May 2013 garden photo album.  Happy gardening everyone!

Comment by Deborah Hamel (Z9a-9b Arizona) on May 16, 2013 at 6:18pm

Grant, you bring geraniums inside your home through the summer? I hadn't thought of doing such a thing. Good thinking. I wonder if the pets, both cat and dogs, would leave the plants alone?

Beautiful images, as usual. Thank you for posting them.

Comment by Grant, Scottsdale,Arizona Zone 9 on May 16, 2013 at 9:10am

Hi everyone, I hope everyone is well!  I don't know about you, but I am loving the weather still:  toasty days with absolutely gorgeous mornings and evenings.  It STILL hasn't hit 100 F at the house, so this has been a very easy, gentle start to summer/end of spring.  I know, I know it won't be long till I hit 100F!  In any case, here are some blooms from the garden this week:  pink hollyhocks, 'Mr. Wren' geranium (he'll be coming indoors soon to survive summer's heat), and a mile-a-minute vine bloom (aka "Alamo vine", Merremia dissecta).  Happy gardening!  

Comment by Grant, Scottsdale,Arizona Zone 9 on May 11, 2013 at 9:47am

Hi everyone, sorry for being offline for so long, but I had a work trip to Las Vegas and was not online much.  In any case, I'm slowly catching up on the garden and online.  Fun!  

Thanks for the nice comments on the Miracle-Gro commercial, Deborah.  It really was fun, and quite a big production.  In any case, I'm a huge fan of their fertilizers.  I use their water-soluble tomato fertilizer on just about everything:  veggies, cacti, succulents, citrus, and I also use their bloom booster on flowery fluffy stuff too (and on cacti a month or so before their usual bloom period).  I like the powdery/crystally water soluble stuff and always have it on hand.  Great stuff.  I usually do two plain-waterings and then one fertilizer-watering with my plants.  Fun stuff!  I'll definitely post a link when they've got one for either tv or online banner ads.  

Your 'Pink Butterflies' variegated Kalancho is super easy to keep happy.  Just give it partial shade and water when quite dry to keep it happy.  The plantlets are 99.9% albino and won't survive when they fall off the plant so they're not as aggressive of spreaders as the non-variegated types.  Just remember any stem that blooms dies, so it's good to keep a couple of stem cuttings going so you can make new plants.  

I am loving the weather the last couple of days.  Turned the a/c off mid-week and loving it!  Just for fun here's a flower in the garden this morning, a "turk's cap mallow" (Malvaviscus drummondii), a close relative of the hibiscus blooming in the garden.  Great, large-growing semi-woody shrubs here that bloom all spring, summer and autumn.  Reliably perennial too.  They look best when cut back hard in late winter.  The flowers never open more than in this pic, but they're still very pretty and attract lots of bees and hummingbirds.  Also available in pink and white, but I love me some color so I always go with the red.  Happy gardening! 

Comment by Deborah Hamel (Z9a-9b Arizona) on May 4, 2013 at 7:09pm

Congratulations on the Miracle Grow ad. When you see it, please let us know so we can see, too! Can you tell us which Miracle Grow product you used and what you would recommend for those of us growing in Arizona? Which product would you recommend for container gardening of tomatoes and eggplant? I don't mean to put you on the spot, just hoping for a hint or two.

Thank you again for the encouragement with respect to Karen's Memorial Trough Garden.

Some of the plants that have been gifted to the garden are new to me, like the Kalanchoe. I don't know that I have ever seen this plant before. Any suggestions on keeping it alive and healthy would be greatly appreciated.

I remember seeing wild, blue colored larkspur growing in the Camas Prarie in the spring with the Camas lilies. They also share the spring flowers in southern Idaho around Fairfield and Hagerman. My mother used to spread Cosmos seeds each year along with Dianthus and Sweet Williams. She had the most beautiful color beneath the trees, mostly weeping willow and ash trees. The day lilies were planted beneath the catalpa and maple tree. Ahh, remembering childhood is a gift. Thank you.

I love the blue colors in your gardens! Thank you for posting them.

Comment by Grant, Scottsdale,Arizona Zone 9 on May 4, 2013 at 4:59pm

Thanks for the nice words on the Apple of Sodom, Deborah, I appreciate it.  I hope it makes those large, inflated pods soon.  Such a fun plant.  Karen's memorial garden looks absolutely spectacular!  I love it and am sure she is looking down and smiling at it too.  I love the larkspur/vinca combination too, very very nice!  The variegated Kalanchoe is fun too.  I grow it as well and love the fact that the albino plantlet's can't self-sow all over the garden.  Yours in the memorial garden look muuuuuuch better than mine EVER have.  Great stuff, thanks so much for posting them!  

I had a fun day today as Miracle-Gro, the fertilizer, reached out to me a few months ago to film a southwest-themed commercial in my garden.  It took four hours but it was so fun.  Look for it on t.v. and online.  I'll be one of those silly banner ads, soon, hah!  Happy gardening all!  Just for fun, here's the last bearded iris in the garden, and one of MANY blue gillias blooming in the garden, this one in front of a nice blue skinned cardon cactus.  All the best!

 

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