Roses

roses

Roses are giving spectacular blooms this year. You might not know it, but Arizona is one of the rose-growing capitals of the country — they grow really well here. Now is not the time to start pruning roses, but there are a few things you can do to help your established plants or newly planted roses and make sure they continue to give you beautiful blooms. Watering Water deeply (about … Read More →

Planting bulbs

Now is the time to start shopping and selecting your bulbs, nurseries are now starting to stock up on bulbs for fall planting and spring blooms. You will find among, other things, tulips, narcissus, freesia, daffodils, ranunculus, and many others. Some bulbs will need to be “tricked” into thinking it’s the winter season. To do this, place them in a brown paper bag and put them in the crisper side/compartment … Read More →

Vines

flowering vine

Nothing beats vines for covering walls, garden structures or creating shade. One type of vine that I find useful is the Thompson seedless grapevine. It grows at an astounding rate in the spring, and with the right care, it will cover up structures made of wire, rebar or wood. The Thompson vine will sheds its leaves during the winter, allowing your patio or home to receive warm sunlight. In the … Read More →

Citrus Trees and Roses

rose bushes

Roses Roses are my favorite flowers to grow in the desert. They are very easy to maintain, but keep the following in mind: Buy roses that do well in the Southwest, such as Mr. Lincoln, Gene Borner and Don Juan. Fertilize often. I like to use about 1/4 bag of steer manure every three to five weeks. I also throw a few banana peels in for good measure as an … Read More →

Wildflowers

wildflowers

This spring’s glorious wildflower show can be re-created in your own garden — be it a flower-filled meadow, a few pots on a patio or balcony or anything in between. Wildflower gardening may be enjoyed by all gardeners, from beginners to advanced. Wildflowers can also be incorporated into any style of landscape from naturally wild to a more manicured landscape. With some planning, some cooperative rain and a little patience, … Read More →

Bare-Root Roses

Pink Rose

Bare-root roses may look deceiving when first purchased, with their absent leaves and brown roots, but once planted, and given proper care, you will receive beautiful blooms. The reason for the absence of leaves and brown roots is due to the fact that bare-root roses are in a dormant state, which prevents transplant shock and allows for easier planting. It is best to plant them in the spring and late … Read More →

Bulbs

crocus

Bulbs are a fall planting must! Although they do not provide you with instant beauty, such as with perennials, they can provide you with some of the most beautiful flowers come spring time. You just have to have a little patience. To begin, you will want to shop for bulbs that are large and plump. Soft and mushy bulbs tend to be a sign of weakness, so try to stay … Read More →


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