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Blog entry by GrandmaT posted 05-21-2011 03:22 PM 10670 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hello everyone! Finding myself not doing any gardening this spring/summer and it has left a huge hole within myself. So to fill this hole I have been taking photos of plants that I might want to incorporate into our new home yard (once we get a new home—LOL!) and also interesting landscapes; for ideas.

Thought I would share what I am seeing here in AZ and the shear beauty that is native to this state that I am coming to love.


This is a white Oleander; either a Melaluca or Desert Willow. Beautiful isn’t it!!! They are everywhere.


I originally called this a “Lilac TREE” cuz it is as tall as a TREE. Never seen Lilac’s like this. But the official name of this tree is Jacaranda. Their aroma is Lilac like and they are used to line entrance ways or down “avenue’s” here in AZ.


And while we have no squirrel’s here (yes, REALLY!!!), we do have lots of these little guys … thus far they have kept their distance and so have I. LOL!!!


Roses here are breathtaking. I am excited to know I can grow them here!!!

And then here are a few landscapes that I have found in my walks around our neighborhood.


Love the Palms!!!! Take your breath away!!

So and with this first entry; I begin my “Arizona Journal”. Hope you all enjoy it and find it informative. Guess my gardening journey is officially beginning in AZ!!! :-)

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



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MsDebbieP

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posted 05-22-2011 04:30 AM

oh this is going to be fun!!
My brother lives in Arizona but I’ve never been to visit. It’s nice to see where he is living.

... and nice to see some ideas of what you’ll be showing us re: your new home when you get it.

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

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posted 05-22-2011 05:23 AM

Az is certainly unique. I am glad you’re enjoying it!

-- ~ Michigan, zone=Cold! aka: DHG's Wife

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jroot

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posted 05-22-2011 06:26 AM

Those pictures bring back memories of our trip to AZ.

I love the oleanders there. We grow them here, but they have to come inside for the winter. There is so much less lugging back and forth where you are, so that may be a good one for your new home.

It is good to hear from you again, GrandmaT. I was thinking that you were enjoying yourself so much that you’d forgotten about us. LOL

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

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Iris43

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posted 05-22-2011 09:45 AM

It must be frustrating for a gardener to not have a garden. GranT, it’s good that you have started channeling your gardening creativity to researching what you want in your space when you get it. The plants and the landscaping in Arizona is difinitely different from gardening in Michigan…..a whole new learning experience for you. I don’t think you are going to be bored! :)

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

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posted 05-22-2011 12:11 PM

Thank you everyone!!! Yes, I do LOVE it here!!! And …. welll ….. bored I will not be once I am able to get really started. Must admit after hubby sent me a photo of my garden and how everything was coming up—without me there ... I had a good cry. (But then I had put all my gardens in order before I left last fall.) So after I dried my eyes I thought … alright lady … get yourself in gear and let’s truly begin to plan for your new home here.

I’ll be adding photos as I see interesting stuff … good to chat with ya all again!! :-)

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

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MsDebbieP

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posted 05-23-2011 04:00 AM

aww—how thoughtful of hubby even though the photos tugged at your heart. Very special

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

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posted 05-23-2011 10:02 AM

Hello Grandma T, Nice pictures. I have been thinking about you and your dilemma. I took some pictures of my roses here in “my desert” for you. We have been very busy setting up automatic watering systems so I can visit Jed in Australia and not have everything wilt and die while I am gone. He will be leaving in just a few days. We have lots of trees here, but I have been thinking about making a “desert garden” and I may use some of your ideas from your pictures.

-- Mickey, California desert gardener

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GrandmaT

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posted 05-23-2011 01:23 PM

MsDeb … yes, hubby is a KEEPER!!! I do love that man. :-) But I think he is a tad nervous about trying to keep everything alive … LOL!!!

Mickey … your roses are BEAUTIFUL!!!!! That gives me such encouragement. And I love your flower gardens!! When I am closer to getting that house of “our own” ... I might quiz ya on what you set up for that automatic watering. Have fun visiting Jed … and I cannot wait to hear all about your trip!!! Hope you take some photos. Australia is a country both hubby and I have always wanted to visit. Safe flight to both you and Jed!!

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

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posted 05-23-2011 02:54 PM

lol so the pictures were just to prove that he’s successful so far?? :D :D

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

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Radicalfarmergal

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posted 05-24-2011 06:45 AM

GrandmaT, I predict you will really enjoy gardening in the desert. The challenges are different, but you can get magnificent results there. Enjoy the planning process before you actually start putting things into the ground. The Jacaranda is a favorite tree of mine as well. Do you realize you can grow Pomegranates there? (grin)

-- "...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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Bon

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posted 05-24-2011 08:07 AM

Glad to hear you are getting some ideas on plants and how to grow them out there GramT.Are you getting any closer to having Russel move there yet?My poor gardens are neglected so far because I have been busy doing other peoples gardens for them.I’m way behind schedule because of all the rain we have been getting.Thank God we had a nice long weekend with no rain so I got some of my clients caught up.Hope the two of you can get settled soon and start gardening again.

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

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GrandmaT

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posted 05-24-2011 11:12 AM

MsDeb … no, LOL!!!! I was asking if my Wild Geraniums were in bloom yet (which they are and quite beautiful!!), so he said “well just let me take a photo of your garden for you.” Everything is coming in quite lush due to all the rain up there. So he has nothing to worry about “yet” ... hahaha!!!!

Rad … yes, I think I will really enjoy gardening out here once I am able to get started … just a different process. You cannot just “put” plants into the ground like in MI and water …. here there must be an underground soaker system installed near any plants that are growing—ha, even the pots/containers have holes in the bottom and tubes installed, if you can believe that. Most homes have at least a basic system installed already, you just have to “cut and paste” as you add to your garden. LOL!!!! So more prep work. :-)

Bon … well Russ moving here … well in a perfect world it would be tomorrow … LOL!!! Glad to hear you are still making other folk’s gardens as beautiful as your’s!!!!! Lots of hard work, but I know you LOVE IT!!! Be sure to post some new photos of your garden as summer progresses!!!!

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

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