Grant, Scottsdale,Arizona Zone 9's Blog (15)

I never can say goodbye (Aeoniums)

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…

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Added by Grant, Scottsdale,Arizona Zone 9 on May 26, 2014 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Goodbye nasturtiums, hello vincas!

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…

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Added by Grant, Scottsdale,Arizona Zone 9 on May 18, 2013 at 11:33am — 2 Comments

Soil vs. water for rooting Jerusalem cherries

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…

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Added by Grant, Scottsdale,Arizona Zone 9 on May 12, 2013 at 7:34pm — No Comments

It's called "killing with kindness' for a reason.





I don't know about you, but I grow plants in part because I like to nurture things. …

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Added by Grant, Scottsdale,Arizona Zone 9 on December 1, 2012 at 6:42am — 3 Comments

The secret ingredient to a great garden: memories!

 

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…

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Added by Grant, Scottsdale,Arizona Zone 9 on June 7, 2012 at 6:44pm — 5 Comments

Why I love pantyhose (seed saving and seed capturing)



I love pantyhose.  I need pantyhose.  I've never worn pantyhose, but my plants have.  In fact, several of my garden plants are…
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Added by Grant, Scottsdale,Arizona Zone 9 on April 22, 2012 at 12:53pm — 8 Comments

True Blue friend (Phacelia campanularia)







Blue. Deep, rich, true denim blue. It's THE coveted color among gardeners the world over. Folks will fuss over the blue Himalayan poppy (Meconopsis betonicifolia), which survives in only a sliver of the world's…
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Added by Grant, Scottsdale,Arizona Zone 9 on April 8, 2012 at 6:12pm — 9 Comments

Now you see it, now you don't: Lachenalia (Cape cowslips)







Growing bulbs is a lesson in trust. Will they grow? Will they bloom? Will they come back? Are they dead? Will they RE-bloom?



One group of bulbs that…

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Added by Grant, Scottsdale,Arizona Zone 9 on March 3, 2012 at 8:10am — 4 Comments

Guess who's not coming to dinner?



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…

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Added by Grant, Scottsdale,Arizona Zone 9 on January 29, 2012 at 5:28pm — 4 Comments

Falling in love again (Christmas and Thanksgiving cacti)







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…

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Added by Grant, Scottsdale,Arizona Zone 9 on December 22, 2011 at 8:54am — 10 Comments

Hollyhocks!





I don't know about you, but I love hollyhocks. They are leafy, they make fluffy delicate blooms, AND they're surprisingly durable. I'm always surprised that a plant that thrives in Seattle, or London, or Tokyo also thrives here in Phoenix. Hollyhocks do all of that and more: they're low water and they self-sow (plant their own seeds) if you…
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Added by Grant, Scottsdale,Arizona Zone 9 on December 18, 2011 at 5:57pm — 6 Comments

They're called "rain lilies" for a reason.

 

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…

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Added by Grant, Scottsdale,Arizona Zone 9 on November 20, 2011 at 7:34pm — 2 Comments

A pot of gold (or any other color for that matter)

 
Let's just say it: I love color. Bold, bright color. The more the better, especially when it comes to gardening. The easier the better too. One easy way to achieve color is to use brightly colored pots for your plants. Oh sure, it's cheating, but when it comes…
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Added by Grant, Scottsdale,Arizona Zone 9 on November 11, 2011 at 5:32pm — 4 Comments

Nothing to be superstitious about: Superstition Mallow (Abutilon palmeri)

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…

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Added by Grant, Scottsdale,Arizona Zone 9 on November 2, 2011 at 8:33am — 2 Comments

Is that a dumpster I smell? No it's a Stapelia bloom

 

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…

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Added by Grant, Scottsdale,Arizona Zone 9 on October 25, 2011 at 8:30am — 4 Comments

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