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    Night Garden in the Southwest

    Night time is a truly magical time during our Southwestern summers. As the blazing sun sinks below the horizon and the air begins to cool off, a number of native plants open their flowers, looking lovely in the moonlight, drenching the night air with alluring fragrances, and enticing the night-flying pollinators. Moon Garden Over a year ago I (Jacqueline Soule)…

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    Houseplants Need to “Beat The Heat”

    Indoor dwelling houseplants are pampered pets compared to their outdoor cousins. Even so, they can be feeling the effects of summer in a number of ways. Back in January we wrote about a selection of houseplants. Now it’s time to consider summer houseplant care. Light Summer light quality is more intense, and the sheer quantity is greater too. Sun may…

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    Preparing Your Landscape for Summer Monsoons

    The summer monsoon is a dramatic event that occurs throughout the Southwest, bringing rain and brief periods of cooler temperatures. But with the welcome rainfall and brief respite from the heat comes the potential for damaging wind and flooding. Although much of the Southwest is dry and arid, summer rain comes down in torrents accompanied by high winds. Not surprisingly,…