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Comment by Deborah Hamel (Z9a-9b Arizona) on December 30, 2012 at 8:31pm

It is raining here in north Gilbert this evening. I was hoping for rain, so I planted 80+ garlic bulbs this afternoon, Spanish Roja and Organic Purple Italian. I also amended potting soil in many out-of-doors containers.

Fruitful gardening.

Comment by Nancy Mumpton - Phoenix AZ (Z 9) on December 28, 2012 at 10:24am

It froze at my house out here in Sun Lakes south of Chandler. Hope my plants all make it. I didn't have them covered because the weather channel did not predict a freeze here. Darn!

Comment by Nancy Mumpton - Phoenix AZ (Z 9) on December 25, 2012 at 3:39pm

Beautiful photos Grant and Deborah! Thanks so much. They are a Christmas treat to me!

Comment by Deborah Hamel (Z9a-9b Arizona) on December 25, 2012 at 3:11pm

Merry Christmas to all who observe!

Grant-Will the Umberella Palm remain small when planted in a pot? I love your photos this morning. I hope your visitors are enjoying your garden as much as I am today.

Time in the garden makes any day special, this time I took the camera and the dogs with me. Here are a few snapshots from the morning. Enjoy!

Here is the little Poinsettia from Fry's. This is the one that spoke to me.

The Oxalis and Cyclemen are loving the north covered porch. The little Sheltie is Pippin, one of my garden-loving friends.

The Fire Cracker Geranium is also on the north covered porch, and loving it. I love the color, and almost any plant I purchase from Baker Nursery is healthy.

I trimmed this Precious Moment Rose back so far this fall, I thought it might not make it. As you can see, the canes are robust and the buds a nice size. For some reason, the blooms are not as fragrant this fall-winter as in previous seasons. Any ideas why?

The Sorano Peppers were in such full glory this morning, so I took this photo just before harvesting all the red fruits, 2 1/2 lbs! I will dry some and give some to a special neighbor. The dried peppers are for my son, he loves the heat.

The clouds are becoming more threatening, so I don't know how much more time I will have in the garden.

Happy gardening!

Comment by Deborah Hamel (Z9a-9b Arizona) on December 22, 2012 at 4:22pm

Love the dove, Grant. Thank you for the calm visual, now returning to the rush to wrap gifts that I haven't seen since purchasing them months ago. I have to write a sticky note on each gift to know who the gift is for, or I forget.

I had a wonderful gift today, I would like to share a few of the details. For twenty-two years my wedding lay in a jewelry box after being cut from my swollen finger while pregnant. Yesterday, I took it to Barnes Fine Jewelers on Val Vista in Gilbert, for sizing and repair. I was told it would be ready January 2nd. To my surprise, Casey called this morning to let me know they didn't want me to be without my wedding ring over Christmas, so the work was done. Here is the photo I just took of my vine wedding ring. Even 38 years ago, my then-to-be husband knew to include a botanical element. Smart guy on so many levels!

Comment by Deborah Hamel (Z9a-9b Arizona) on December 21, 2012 at 8:35pm

A few eggplant fruits and Ebenezer onions are ready to pick for Christmas dinner. Only family this year, both children home. What a treat.

A bright red poinsettia called to me as I entered Fry's, so it is happy on my north side, covered porch. I'll take some photos tomorrow to share. It is all your fault, Grant! If I hadn't seen yours, I don't think I would have heard the call. Though, everyone who sees it, comments on it's beauty as they linger to gaze with a tender smile.

Comment by Nancy Mumpton - Phoenix AZ (Z 9) on December 21, 2012 at 4:34pm

Have a good time with all your company, Grant. I would think it is a special treat to stay at your house to enjoy and learn about all the beautiful plants and surroundings. Happy Holidays!

Comment by Nancy Mumpton - Phoenix AZ (Z 9) on December 21, 2012 at 3:56pm

We had frost here in Sun Lakes on Tuesday after midnight and also Wednesday after midnight. I covered all my tender plants and they are fine. Supposedly we are done with frost for the next 5-7 days. I hope so because I hate having to cover everything (and I have a lot to cover) on the holiday nights when I am just too busy to be outside working. I have seven 10 ft by 20 ft covers called Plankets that work well, but it takes my husband and me to maneuver them.

Comment by Deborah Hamel (Z9a-9b Arizona) on December 21, 2012 at 9:56am

We have frost on our roofs this morning here in north Gilbert! The container plants seem to have come through it without much effect. I'll cover everything tonight!

Did anyone else see frost this morning? How did your plants do?

Comment by Deborah Hamel (Z9a-9b Arizona) on December 15, 2012 at 10:19am

Rain, boy did we ever have rain in northern Gilbert! My containers are almost soggy with so much rain. The sky looks ready to dump another bucket full on us today.

Like you, I resist the temptation to purchase a bright red poinsettia each year. This year both of my children and their boyfriend/girlfriend are with us, so I may buy one for the back patio table. In southern California, poinsettias grow as shrubs in front yards and naturally decorate for the holiday season. Thank you, Grant for the photo of yours. It is beautiful, where did you purchase the plant and will you try to hold it over the year?

Enjoy the humidity everyone!


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