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Comment by Grant, Scottsdale,Arizona Zone 9 on June 28, 2014 at 11:58am

Crinum 'Ellen Bosanquet' is blooming away this week so I thought I'd share a couple of pics.  Afternoon shade and occasional water keeps her happy and blooming.  Her flowers last for several days which is a really nice treat.  Happy gardening all! 

Comment by Grant, Scottsdale,Arizona Zone 9 on June 22, 2014 at 12:12pm

Thanks for the comments, Deb.  Good luck with your new garden space.  Keep us posted.  

Just for fun, here are some blooms in the garden right now. 

Good old "Arizona poinsettia", Euphorbia heterophylla a fun, leafy, short lived perennial that aggressively self sows around the garden:

One of my hand-pollinated stapelia hybrids on the east side of the house, open today:

Merremia aurea which will bloom all summer long:

And finally, some 'Milk & Wine' crinum lilies.  Such fun, durable bulbs (afternoon shade keeps them happy here).  Happy gardening all!  

Comment by Deborah Hamel (Z9a-9b Arizona) on May 27, 2014 at 12:05am

Oh, Grant, I have never seen this beautiful flowers! Thank you for sharing this specimen.

I am starting a new garden at 6,500 feet elevation, Gallup, NM. A new and exciting adventure. I'm impatient waiting to plant until this week, since freezing weather can visit as late as the second week in June. The up side, is the area has a long growing season into the fall.

Has anyone grown vegetables in Gallup? Any suggestions?

Comment by Grant, Scottsdale,Arizona Zone 9 on May 26, 2014 at 6:32pm

Hi everyone, just for fun, here's a quick pic of a fun Bauhinia galpinii blooming in the garden these days.  These fun, vibrant relatives of the orchid tree (B. variegata) absolutely love it here (most orchid trees I see around the Valley never look HAPPY happy).  Fun, shrubby perennials that I fell in love with at the terrific The Living Desert in Palm Springs (it's an animal park with an actual nursery in the center of it).  I wish more people in the valley grew these beauties.  Happy gardening! 

Comment by Grant, Scottsdale,Arizona Zone 9 on April 20, 2014 at 4:35pm

Thanks, Deborah, I love these little blue gilias too, and you're right of course, good blues are hard to find, especially for a desert garden.  They're still going strong--I love them.  

I think they're running the Miracle-Gro commercial they filmed in my garden at some websites online.  It was a fun thing to do, and they did kindly send me a bunch of their fertilizers (which I love) as a thank you present.  Glad you like their products too.  

Here's a fun no-ID amaryllis/Hippeastrum that always reblooms for me each April, in bloom right now:

Plus the oldey timey Hippeastrum johnsonii that folks can't decide whether it's a species or a very early hybrid.  Either way it's fun and easy and one of the most rugged types, plus it's been handed down and shared by gardeners and nurseries for 150 plus years.  Love them.  Happy gardening all! 

Comment by Deborah Hamel (Z9a-9b Arizona) on April 13, 2014 at 9:15pm

What lovely color! Blues and purples are difficult to find, thank you for sharing these options.

Are you still a gardening spokesperson for Miracle Grow? I have found MG products to be remarkable. Your garden should be one of the go-to gardening examples in Arizona.

Comment by Grant, Scottsdale,Arizona Zone 9 on April 13, 2014 at 7:16pm

Thanks, Deborah, I appreciate it.  I'm always surprised with how durable nasturtiums are too.  Really, they're quite bullet proof here, as long as they're grown in winter/spring, LOL.  

I've got a TON of blue gilia in bloom all over the garden right now, plus our native "western four o'clock" or "Colorado four o'clock", Mirabilis multiflora.  Great, fun easy ways to get blues and purples in the garden.  Happy gardening all! 

Comment by Deborah Hamel (Z9a-9b Arizona) on April 6, 2014 at 1:50pm

Beautiful, again. Over the past few years of your postings of nasturtiums, I have gained a new found appreciation for their beauty. Thank you.

Comment by Grant, Scottsdale,Arizona Zone 9 on April 5, 2014 at 5:22pm

Thanks, Deborah.  Looking forward to some from yours as well.  Happy gardening all!  

Self sown nasturtiums:

Plus my pot crammed full of Hippeastrum striatum is starting to bloom too.  Not as large of flowers as fancy Dutch hybrids, but it makes a lot more of them, several times a year, and it has nice narrow evergreen foliage too, almost looking like a spider plant for much of the year.  Happy gardening all!

Comment by Deborah Hamel (Z9a-9b Arizona) on March 30, 2014 at 9:45pm

As always, beautiful photos, Grant. Thank you so much for sharing them.

 

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