Acacia – Part I

As I write this the native white thorn acacia (Vachellia constricta, formerly Acacia constricta) are blooming in my yard.  I love the fragrance.  So close to sweet peas!  Gentlemen may seek out sweet smelling roses with which to woo the fairer gender, but as a Southwester gardener, I far prefer the sweet smelling acacias around my garden.  Oh, wait, I forgot, they aren’t technically “acacia” anymore. Quick Look at Acacia […]

Celebrate April With A Daisy

Which daisy should you use to celebrate April?    Any daisy you wish!    The common English daisy, which may have been the original idea for the birth month flower, is a member of the Sunflower Family.    The English daisy prefers a higher humidity than we generally have – so you would have to keep it as a pampered pet. Time to think outside the box and look at […]

Beautiful Brittlebush

Brittlebush is not only beautiful to behold – it is beautiful for many aspects of any Sonoran and Mojave desert habitat.    Brittlebush provides food for foraging pollinators, a shady spot to start saguaro life, a sheltered spot for wildlife to rest, and a safe corner of the world to build a little lizard den under. Brilliant Brittlebush Brittlebush (Encelia farinosa)  is one of the most common and conspicuous wildflower […]

Top 5 Posts for the Year

What questions do you have about gardening in our unique area?  I write so that you can succeed with your desert gardening goals. To help meet my self directed  “Mission Statement” I listen to your questions and then write about the topic.  But does only one person ask a particular question, or is this a popular topic? The Results are In The results for 2023 are in!  And yes, your […]

Eight Evergreen Oaks for the Southwest

I encouraged you to plant evergreen oaks recently.  Now here is some information about which oaks to plant. There are many native oaks to choose from, but let’s start with these eight that you can actually purchase from your local nursery. Be very wary of oaks form big box stores. They are often not from our region and will not survive our lower humidity.  I suppose that if you do […]

Oak Trees for Your Yard

Have you considered an oak tree for your yard?  If you can answer yes to any of these questions – an oak tree may be right for you. Looking for a tall, stately tree for your yard?   Have a tiny yard – but want a nice tree? A tree that provides good dense shade?    One that won’t lose its leaves in winter?   Less messy than a mesquite?    Low […]

Add a Fire Pit to Your Yard

Spending an evening by a cheerful fire under the starry skies is one on the undeniable pleasures of summer. Yes we have had record breaking heat – but even a warm evening is more lovely with a dancing fire to sit around and enjoy the company of friends. Not to mention if you plan for it and install one now – you can enjoy your fire pit all through the […]

Plan Now for Fall Fruit Planting

Hard to believe it – but it is mid-July now and soon it will be time to plant fruit trees. Back East, gardeners use the winter cold to dream and plan their planting just waiting for once it warms up. Here, in the heat of a Southwestern summer, we dream about what we will plant when it cools off. Indeed the cooler weather of fall is perfect for planting as […]

Liven Your Landscape with Boulders

The Southwest is a place of great natural drama and beauty – rocks and boulders are not hidden beneath layers of forest mulch or yards of prairie soil. They are right out there in the land – delighting the eye with their natural beauty. Work With The Drama of the Southwest In the Southwest we can see our large, dramatic mountains springing virtually straight up out of the surrounding land. […]

Seven Herbal Teas from Your Yard

The tea industry has declared June “National Iced Tea Month.” If you are trying to live more lightly on this earth and not spend massive amounts of carbon dioxide emitting fossil fuels importing tea made from the Asian tea plant (Camelia sinensis), consider these tasty caffine-free “herbal” teas you can grow in your own yard and enjoy anytime. Tea does not need to come from Asia! January was National Hot […]