Keeping Up with the Tecomas

  Take a look around Tucson in the summer, and you’re bound to see at least a few of these tropical-looking but sun-loving beauties blooming like crazy. Tecomas have gotten a lot of attention through the years for their remarkable heat tolerance, speedy growth, pest resistance, and ever-blooming habits. For some of us, the fact…

Pruning for Flowers

We always get a lot of questions from our customers about the purple bushes that appear all around town after the monsoon rains begin. Texas rangers are drought tolerant plants that are used extensively in our landscapes and along our roadways, and each year they patiently and inconspicuously wait until it’s their time to shine.…

Irrigation and Rainwater

Looming clouds, lower temperatures, high humidity, and bursts of torrential rain mean that the monsoon season is upon us. The welcomed break from staggering heat and the wet-looking dirt may have many of us thinking that it’s OK to shut off our irrigation systems and take a vacation from watering, but we shouldn’t be so…

Keeping the Bunnies at Bay

  It’s understandable that many Tucson gardeners get a little frustrated with nature this time of year. It’s too darn hot to do much in the garden, and every bunny in the desert seems to be eyeballing the lush green plants that you’ve been so diligently watering through the summer heat. On years as dry…

By the Light of the Moon

If you’ve ever had the pleasure of attending Tohono Chul’s Bloom Night, Tucson Botanical Garden’s Sunset Saturdays, or the Desert Museum’s Cool Summer Nights, then you’ve experienced a taste of how enchanting our desert gardens can be after hours. When the summer sun goes down (and the earth stops smoldering) many of our desert plants…

Apple Picking 101

  This morning, while touring around our growing farm in search of photo opportunities, I was delighted to find some ripe fruit on our early-season apple varieties. After picking and tasting a few of the larger apples from one of our 15 gallon trees, I was bitterly reminded that fruit size isn’t the best way…

All about Bougainvillea Flowers

Southern Arizona’s high heat and long, sunny days create the perfect atmosphere for bougainvillea to grow and bloom throughout most of the year, so we’re quite accustomed to seeing their brilliant pinks, whites, oranges, and purples in our landscapes. Since we had such a mild winter in Tucson, our bougainvilleas are really putting on a…