Wednesday, December 4, 2013 4:00 am
When it comes to cut Christmas trees, the choices are usually pine, spruce, or fir. But, if you want a living Christmas tree for our area, the choice is narrowed to pines. Well, there are also miniature “trees” sculpted out of rosemary, but let’s look at the big trees.
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 4:00 am
Recently, I overheard someone complaining about the lack of seasonal color in Tucson. Having grown up here, I see color change all around. It is subtle and gentle and you have to pay attention. But if you want bright and showy, here are five trees you can plant right now, to enjoy brilliant color next autumn.
Wednesday, September 4, 2013 4:00 am
When it comes to Arizona wildflowers, most folks immediately think of the showy golden poppies that appear around Picacho Peak. You can have that - and more.
Wednesday, August 21, 2013 4:00 am
Water water everywhere. Good monsoons this summer and the good news is - with all the free water from the sky, you can reduce your use of expensive water out of pipes. The bad news is - with all the free water from the sky, the weeds abound.
Wednesday, July 3, 2013 4:00 am
In the past I have written about fertilizer in July in these Explorer pages because ample summer rains wash can nutrients out of the soil, and leave landscape plants lacking. The rains have not started yet, so hold off on fertilizer. Encouraging growth by fertilizing your landscape plants will just make them thirstier for water you will have to provide.
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 4:00 am
By now, most folks have heard the term “xeriscape.” Xeriscape doesn’t mean a dry, barren landscape, it refers to a landscape that requires minimal additional water, and is the best way to landscape in our dry climate.
Saturday, May 4, 2013 3:08 pm
Several themes are evident in the newly announced UApresents 2013-2014 season, with more shows being offered in the Tucson community and many presentations geared toward young adults and families.
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 3:00 am
Wednesday, November 16, 2011 4:00 am
Bulbs produce some of the most beautiful flowers in the garden
palate. They can provide brilliant splashes of cheerful color in
the winter and spring months.
Wednesday, November 2, 2011 3:00 am
Happy November! Yikes, how did that sneak up on us? Next thing
you know it will be Thanksgiving, and then the holidays where we
celebrate the gift of light (in it’s various forms) by giving gifts
and sharing time with family and friends.
Wednesday, October 19, 2011 3:00 am
For a charming plant that produces cheerful daisy-like flowers
all winter long, and, to top it off is useful and animal resistant,
try growing some chamomile.
Wednesday, October 12, 2011 3:00 am
Tuesday, October 4, 2011 11:00 pm
Fall is for fennel! As the days cool down, now is the perfect
time to plant this tasty, nutritious and delicious herb.
Wednesday, September 21, 2011 3:00 am
A number of years ago, horticultural research scientists
determined that autumn is ideal for planting any number of plants.
Ever since then, we garden writers have been espousing the virtues
of fall planting. But beware, like every rule, there are
Wednesday, September 14, 2011 3:00 am
In August of last year, I wrote about landscaping your yard with
butterfly plants. A reader then asked me to name my five favorite
butterfly plants. I responded, “That is like asking me to choose a
favorite child! Each child is loved for who they are as unique
Wednesday, August 17, 2011 3:00 am
Love the tropical look? Wish you were surrounded with luxuriant
greenery? Want to enjoy it without sweltering in triple-digit
heat? Want it all without going broke on your water bills?
Wednesday, August 3, 2011 3:00 am
A weed is any plant growing where it is not wanted. But we want
plants in the desert, don’t we? Sure, but even in the desert there
are a number of invasive and troublesome weed species.
Wednesday, July 20, 2011 3:00 am
Home security is a legitimate concern. But the apparent easy
answer of planting spiny, thorny or stickery plants around our
homes is not the solution.
Wednesday, July 6, 2011 3:00 am
July is National Baked Bean Month. You can celebrate by baking
some beans to enjoy with your hot dogs (it’s National Hot Dog
Month, too) or you can celebrate by planting some beans now to bake
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 3:00 am
Many readers have a patch of lawn, and that is fine.
“Appropriate turf area” is espoused by xeriscape practices. If lawn
helps you use and enjoy your backyard, have some. But you need to
treat it right to curtail excessive water use and minimize the
resources used in care.
Wednesday, June 1, 2011 3:00 am
The tea industry has declared June to be “National Iced Tea
Month,” so last year in June, I wrote of some lovely caffeine-free
herbal teas you can grow in your own yard and enjoy anytime. It’s
June again, and time to continue the topic with more low-care,
low-water landscape plants that even your HOA will approve
Wednesday, May 18, 2011 3:00 am
Last year at this time, I wrote of planting a night-blooming
garden because after all, how many of us sit out at high noon in
the summer to enjoy our plants? Many of us are more likely to be
out at midnight to enjoy the cool air. Well, if not midnight, how
about sunset and early evening? The blazing sun finally sinks
below the horizon and the air begins to cool down. Whew. Not just
us humans enjoy the evening, but also many other desert animals,
including a number of night-flying pollinators.
Wednesday, May 4, 2011 3:00 am
Vines are “vunderful.” Since they need very little root space to
flourish, they will have ample room to grow, no matter if your yard
is small or large. Many vines have beautiful flowers, and the bloom
period can be months long. It offers an opportunity to fill your
yard with color, but best of all, there are a number of vines that
produce food, fiber and usable products for around the home.
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 3:00 am
Arbor Day is celebrated in Arizona on the last Friday in April.
Arbor Day is not a national holiday, but was decided on a
state-by-state basis. Sadly, the State Legislature picked the date
without asking us folks that work with plants. In most of Arizona,
one should ideally plant trees in autumn or in January, so they can
become well-established with a healthy widespread root system
before the searing summer heat.