• Product Review: Tula Hats

    I enjoy time out in the garden, but the intense sun of the Southwest isn’t good for my fair skin, so wearing a hat is a must for me. I’ve worn many different types of hats and have never found just the right one that is fashionable while offering decent sun protection, until now. Tula Hats is a company based…

  • Palm Care Is as Easy As 1-2-3

    For healthy, happy, palms there are only three things you need to do. Just three simple things! Palm care tip 1: “Leaf” it alone! Prune no leaves (technically fronds) ever, because palms will drop what they do not need. If you dislike the appearance, wait until fronds are brown and drooping before removing. You should only remove green fronds if…

  • Blanket Flower: You Can Grow That!

    Gaillardia, or blanket flower, is an easy but bright flower to grow in Southwest gardens. The flower is native to areas of the Southwest, at least in open plains and wooded areas of 3,500 to 6,500 feet. There are so many Gaillardia varieties, however,

  • Hummingbird Gardening In a Container

    I love to watch hummingbirds fly through the garden, pausing to drink nectar from colorful blooms when I spend time outdoors. Adding plants to attract hummingbirds is the best way to entice them to stop by for a visit and maybe take up residence in your garden. Whether you have a large or tiny garden, you don’t need a lot…

  • Head For Cover: Strategies to Combat Summer Heat

    Our planet has just passed that magical place in space that marks the beginning of summer. For gardeners in the Southwest, this is the toughest time for us and our plants. We can’t change the inevitable heat waves coming our way but there are a few things we can do to minimize the sun’s effect on our more tender plants.…