Okay, okay, I guess it's not "goodbye" but more of a "see you later". All over the garden, and in patio containers, the aeoniums of various flavors all look perfect at this time of year. Firm, glossy, rigid leaves in a whorl that looks like a giant…Continue
Added by Grant, Scottsdale,Arizona Zone 9 on May 26, 2014 at 6:30pm — No Comments
I love May in the Phoenix area (it's easy to do). Days are warm, but not brutal, and mornings, evenings, and nights are absolutely magical. Here in my little garden, we've not yet hit 100 F, although it's coming for sure. That being said, days are…Continue
Okay blog, it's time to shake things up. GONE are the longer, more infrequent updates, and HERE are the shorter, more immediate happenings. The longer format seems too wordy to me, and it takes so long that I don't update as much as I should. Let's get started!
I love variegated Jerusalem cherries (Solanum pseudocapsicum). They have neat variegated foliage, and fun striped berries that turn yellow then red when ripe. The downside? All seedlings from the seeds are albinos…Continue
Added by Grant, Scottsdale,Arizona Zone 9 on May 12, 2013 at 7:34pm — No Comments
I don't know about you, but I grow plants in part because I like to nurture things. …
You know, this week while I was doing some early morning pre-work gardening chores (a requirement here in summer when afternoons are beastly hot), I really started enjoying the southeast corner of my little garden. Oh sure, I was crouched down weeding and grubbing…Continue
One group of bulbs that…
I don't know about you, but I grow a LOT of plants in pot. A LOT. Some seem to perform better in pots, others need to move around the house or the garden depending on seasonal lighting, and some just look better.
Most plants grown in pots like to get crowded in the pot before being replanted. Over-potting (putting a plant into…
Okay, I admit it--I'm fickle. I'm fascinated with a certain type of plant one month, and then I forget about it the next. When it comes to Christmas cacti and Thanksgiving cacti, it's a yearly event: each mid-winter I fall in love with them for their durability, and their beautiful, reliable blooms. Even when…
You know, there's something interesting about a plant which knows the difference between real rain and fake rain (also called watering via a hose or watering can). Rain lilies (genus Zephyranthes) are one such plant. No one seems to know how they know the difference between Real Rain and Fake…Continue
What's in a name?? A lot, if you take things literally. Yup, we're talking about the wonderful Superstition Mallow, Abutilon palmeri. Unlike plants like "deadly nightshade" which are, in fact, deadly, there's nothing to be superstitious about when it comes to superstition mallow--it's named after the…Continue
Okay, okay, I admit it, I'm juvenile in many ways. I love growing plants that are big, because they remind me of being a kid and looking up at iris blooms on the side of my parent's first house (that I barely remember--I grew up mostly in house #2). I love growing plants with interesting scents…Continue