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Started by Kris AZ. Last reply by Douglas Plotkin Aug 16, 2010.
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.
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!
Hi everyone, just a few pics from the garden this weekend. Our native passion flower (Passiflora foetida), a white-striped sphinx moth caterpillar shedding its skin (it's been feeding on the fun Oenothera in the pic), plus a Stapelia blooming on the east side of the house. Happy gardening all!
Thank you for the photos, Grant. They are beautiful and inspiring as always.
My 75 gal. rain barrel was full as well as the swimming pool, we had to drain 3" out of it this morning to give the cantilever exposure. We have already had some more rain this morning. No need to irrigate the trees this week. My containers are all doing fine, luckily the drainage system is working nicely in all. I wonder if the tomato plants will perk up and thrive and have a fresh start for fall gardening.
Note: Southwest Gardeners is offering Art of Alliums on October 6th. Check it out.
Happy Gardening everyone!
Wow, ANOTHER big rain in my little garden today. My 75 gallon rain barrel is overflowing now. It was bone dry on Wednesday but with Thursday night's rain and then today's downpour it is overflowing. It'll be so nice to give the houseplants rain water today. Before it got dark and rainy, I took this quick pic of an Aloe I grew from seed, backed by good ol' chocolate daisies (Berlandiera lyrata). I hope folks who want/need rain are getting it! Happy gardening!
FINALLY some rain here in N. Scottsdale last night: my little garden got a good soaking of 1.5 inches overnight. I was up several times emptying and refilling several rain buckets under the canale-style gutters and dumping them into my large rain barrel. THAT barrel collected nearly 75 gallons of rain from just the back 25% of the roofline. What a nice treat! It'll be especially nice for the houseplants to get a few good drinks of rain water.
I woke up to find this plumeria in bloom, and this Matucana madisoniorum making yet more blooms. These little cacti make flowers over and over and over from spring through late autumn. Definitely great performers in the Phoenix area. Happy gardening all! Grant
Hi everyone, happy monsoon! Rain, rain everywhere, except my garden, LOL. Have you gotten some? It rained for 30 minutes at my work on Friday (N Scottsdale) but my garden, just five miles north of that didn't get a single drop, grrr, LOL.
You know what they say about monsoon season in Arizona: it feels like it's raining everywhere else, hah!
Anyway, here's a pic from the garden, just some fun Verbena bonariensis and a 'Fireworks' gomphrena blooming with some vincas planted around a 'Parfianka' pomegranate. All four of those plants are loving life in full, hot sun. Happy gardening!
Thanks, Lorie, I'm so glad you liked the pics. Just something silly to share for sure. Those passion vines are so easy to keep happy here. Just give them sun and fairly regular water and they'll take off. The flowers aren't as large as the fancier (but more cold sensitive) tropical types, but our native ones are still quite pretty. Happy gardening all!
Grant, What a wonderful place to start the day with coffee! Again, your pictures are inspirational. I love our native passion flower and would love to grow one. Are they finicky or need special care?
Thanks for sharing your lovely pictures from your garden.
Hi everyone, I know the afternoons are brutally hot, but I hope you're enjoying the lovely mornings still (74 F this morning--lovely!). Here's a quickie pic of my little patio where I spend almost every morning of the year having hot coffee while reading the newspaper. Nothing fancy, but a nice way to spend some time before doing quiet early morning gardening chores. I'm also attaching a pic of a bloom from our native passion flower, Passiflora foetida which is climbing up and over an orange tree, plus a quick pic of a Cochemia setispina cactus in bloom this week. Tons of more pics in my June 2013 garden photo album here on Garden-share. Happy gardening!
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