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    Pruning Roses for Fall Blooms in the Desert Garden

    People often react with surprise to find that roses can grow in the desert Southwest. Horticulturist Noelle Johnson loves roses and has been growing them for more than 25 years in her Phoenix-area garden. Over the years, she’s learned how best to care for roses and how to maximize their blooms. In the low to intermediate desert garden, roses flower…

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    Microclimates Help Plants Beat Heat–and Cold

    A microclimate mimics nature and even human behavior. Let’s say it is 105 degrees Fahrenheit on a sunny desert afternoon. What is the first thing you do if you are having to wait outside for your Uber ride? Move 10 feet over and stand or sit in the shade of a tree! When the weather heats up in summer or…

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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,…

  • Sit and Smell The Roses – Seating is Important

    Seating is important in any garden. If you entertain outdoors, ample and varied garden seating helps the party be successful. Second, seating provides rest, and rest is part of garden work. One needs to stop every so often and check progress. Next, as we age, and endurance lessens, a place to rest and gather energy for the next garden task…