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Blog entry by GrandmaT posted 02-02-2011 11:45 AM 4293 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello all my GT friends … been quite a while since I last chatted with you. Good to see GT still doing well.

Last I spoke with you hubby and I were dreaming/hoping to relocate out to Arizona to join our children and their families. Well one of us has made it out here, permanently—LOL!!! And that would be me. Hubby still has odds and ends to finalize before he makes his final move out here to join me.

Our daughter came to visit/stay with us in MI with her two little ones in July, 2010 to finish up some course work. The end of November in the midst of a snow storm she packed up her SUV with her stuff; whatever I could fit besides my clothes (which was very little – LOL!!), loaded in her two little ones, a miniature pincher and me … and off we drove. I had driven west so was quite excited for this adventure and was truly not disappointed in the beauty of America. I believe New Mexico was my favorite … absolutely breath-taking!!! Soooooo 3.5 days of pretty much solid driving (stopping only at night at various hotels and for the occassional “pit stop”) we arrived in The Valley.

Our son has welcomed us into his home for the moment and we are quite comfortable here; as he has a nice large home. Been doing some walking of the neighborhood and a few things I am finding most remarkable is not needing a winter coat (LOL!!!), all the sunshine and warmth, Oranges hanging from trees in JANUARY, pansies planted everywhere, and the Dwarf Hollyhocks that I paid good money for in Michigan grow WILD here and are considered a WEED. Ohhhhh and my son has a PINE TREE in his front yard!!!! Didn’t know they grew this far south in AZ (out of the mountains).

It was quite hard to say goodbye to our wonderful home and gardens in Michigan. I did collect a few seeds this Fall to bring with me here from some of my favorite plants and ones that I thought might grow here. Iris’ Picotee Cosmos are among them.

After getting settled in here (and still adjusting to all this!) noticed that our son has this small patch of dirt (weeds—he is NOT a gardener) growing by his walk way and I am eyeballing it for planting/experimenting. OHHHH and for the tenders that know who I am … I DID bring my old blue stock pot that I decoupaged a few years ago with me. A bit of my garden from home. So will need to pull weeds, add dirt, purchase a soaker hose and then see what is available here plant wise shortly.

Sooo the Western Adventure begins ….. and look forward to reconnecting with you all again.

-- "A beautiful garden is a work of heart" --

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posted 02-02-2011 12:09 PM

It is great to hear from you again GramT. I have missed your contributions. Let us know about your new desert gardening adventures!

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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posted 02-02-2011 12:28 PM

welcome home :)
(in more ways than one).

I smiled at the minimal treasures that you took with you – which included your stock pot! And now we will feel right at home when you start showing us your new garden treasures.

Exciting times and congratulations on being with your family again.

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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posted 02-02-2011 01:05 PM

Hi GranT. Good to see you here again. Of course I was able to follow some of your adventures via facebook, but this is much more satisfactory….having you give us an update here.

I do hope your DH will be able to join you soon…..even if ‘they say’, ‘Distance makes the heart grow stronger”.

I’m looking forward to pics of your new garden beginnings. Gardening in the ‘desert’ will be a whole new adventure. But be careful, that Arizona sun can be harsh on humans.

-- 'To plant a Garden is to believe in Tomorrow'

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posted 02-02-2011 03:47 PM

It is SO good to hear from you again, after such a long time. We were really wondering if you were okay. I sense that you are in good spirits though, and eager to get your fingers dirty. Now, if only you had some “blue gloves” ... Ah, but that’s another story.

Having been in Arizona, I am quite interested in seeing what you do in your garden there. I do recall seeing those orange trees growing on a lot of the front yards. Unfortunately, many of them were “wild” and very sour, but surely one could plant a good variety of edible orange.

Please keep in touch.

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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posted 02-02-2011 11:02 PM

Hello GrandmaT Good to hear from you. I am glad all is going well and that you are settling in. It has been a busy time here in my corner of the desert. My daughter is here with me and she had her baby girl last week. I am glad to have her here and I am having a wonderful time being a Grandma, but she wants to be with her husband and I know she and the baby will be leaving in a few months. It’s cold here, but we will be planting onions soon and before you know it, it will be spring. I will need my garden to help with the lonesome time that will come. Enjoy the time with your family and tell your husband to hurry along.

-- Mickey, California desert gardener

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posted 02-03-2011 12:17 PM

OH it is wonderful to see all you here … thanks for the greetings and well wishes. I will be sure to blog and hopefully get some pictures. Although I will have to ask hubby to bring “my” camera (the one I know how to use—LOL!) with him in March when he visits; as the camera is still in MI.

RadFarmer—it is good to be back; and yes I promise to keep you all posted. Sure glad I have lots of pictures here from our MI home. Although makes me a bit sad to look through them at the moment. Let the adventure begin … :-)
MsDeb—yah, just could not leave that stock pot in MI … only creative thing I have done that turned out decent … LOL!!
Iris—yah, the sun can be brutal; but have a few months before that and yes, I will be careful. Different environment! Need a BIG HAT and lots of sun screen!!!! :-)
Jroot—Hubby and I have already discussed having citrus trees in the yard of the home we will eventually purchase once he gets here. Had my first orange “off a tree” and it was DELICIOUS!!! Mouth waters every time I walk by those Orange trees!
MickeyD—Well hello GRANDMA!!! Congratulations. Those grand babies are sweet indeed!!! It is good to reconnect you with and will be looking to you for gardening advice in the coming “years” ... LOL!!! I don’t see me doing to much at my son’s home; other than experiment a bit. But once hubby and I get settled into our own home, then my real western/desert gardening will begin. Okay my BIG learning curve will begin, rather … LOL!!!

Again, so good to hear from all of you … see ya around GT … :-)

-- "A beautiful garden is a work of heart" --

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posted 02-04-2011 09:21 AM

Hi GramT.It’s so nice to see that you arrived safe and sound and everything is going well for you.I can hardly wait to see your desert gardens when you can finally start.Hope Russel works everything out and can join you soon.We got lots of snow here and it has been really cold this winter. The sun is shining brightly today but soooo cold…. brrrrr.(lol) Fresh oranges right off the tree….you lucky gal.

-- Bon,Hastings, 5a....Always room for one more

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posted 02-04-2011 11:34 PM

Well it has been quite cold her the last couple of days … actually in the 20’s (F) at night. Coldest it has been in AZ in well over 70 years! Went for a walk on Thursday afternoon (after the cold front had already arrived) and granted it was a beautiful and sunny day; but temperature wise felt like I was back in Michigan on a crisp Fall day.

Yes I have been tracking winter through hubby and yah it is definitely been a cold one and filled with snow. To some degree feel like I am missing out. I am truly having a bit of “snow withdrawal” ... sounds crazy doesn’t it?? LOL!!!

As for my garden; right now just doing a lot of looking around at what is planted, various landscaping, etc. Filing plant names away … gonna be an adventure indeed!

-- "A beautiful garden is a work of heart" --

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posted 02-05-2011 04:56 AM

my brother, living in Arizona, says he misses the snow (not the cold) and the green

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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