January 2014 what looks good/bad in your garden?

grant_in_arizona(USDA Z9 Scottsdale AZ)January 5, 2014

Hi everyone,

Can you believe these nice afternoon temps this week? So lovely!

It's fun to see/hear who is growing what, and when, so how about some updates on what looks good/bad in your garden?

In my garden, a noticeable "bad" is my little leaf cordia--it's just a pile of twigs. I'll give it some time before removing it, but so far I'm no impressed, LOL.

As far as good, here's one, my little clump of "cape cowslips" (Lachenalia) is starting to bloom. Neat bulbs that bloom in winter and disappear in summer. I hope you'll take a quick look and enjoy, and that you'll post some updates from your garden too! Happy gardening!

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It's been a mild winter so far, only two nights below 32 degrees at my place.

A few things are doing well: Fukushu kumquat

Eucalyptus torquata

A visitor enjoying E. torquata nectar

Agave ovatifolia

    Bookmark   January 10, 2014 at 3:09PM
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Definitely ... it's the weeds.

The veggie bed is getting some sprouts - spinach, various bok choy varieties, maybe some kale, and the carrots. And weeds.

So far, no lettuce has sprouted, nor onions.

    Bookmark   January 14, 2014 at 2:08PM
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grant_in_arizona(USDA Z9 Scottsdale AZ)

Fun updates all. I've got a bumper crop of weeds too, lazy.

Great pics, Jon, love the Eucalyptus blooms, and the action shot with the hummingbird, great stuff. That agave is beautiful too!

I've definitely got a bumper crop of lemons and oranges this year, and my first THREE grapefruit fruit, lol, on a very young tree. I do love citrus!

I'm having a bumper crop of leaf lettuce (autumn planted) and cherry tomatoes too. Here's the cherry tomatoes yesterday morning. Obviously no frost at my garden yet this winter--quite a change from last winter!

Jack Frost and I ripped out the parent plants of these popcorn cassias a few years ago (they were just getting too rangy), but this summer some seedlings appeared and I'm glad I let them go as they're providing a nice bright spot of yellow on the south side of the house. Being winter blooming means they're susceptible to frost damage, but so far this year they've been unbothered.

Finally, this Eremophila carnosa emu bush has been absolutely covered in flowers since October, and they're ORANGE, my favorite color. I need to plant more of these!

Keep the pics and updates coming all. Happy gardening!

    Bookmark   January 16, 2014 at 9:33AM
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Most all of my winter garden is doing well this year. I am grateful for the moderate temperature which has done wonders for my plants. That being said I do hope for one cold snap before the end of winter to kill off some more leaf-hoppers and their kin.

    Bookmark   January 17, 2014 at 1:54PM
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Finally saw some lettuce sprouts.

We're concentrating on cleaniup this year, because we're selling the house and moving to NM. :)

If I have leftover compost heaps, can I count on help getting them out of the yard?

    Bookmark   January 19, 2014 at 5:57PM
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My Ponderosa and Lisbon lemons are already forming buds, and I'm picking Valencia oranges and Meyer lemons. I'm hoping the broccoli doesn't bolt in this warm weather.

    Bookmark   January 24, 2014 at 9:01AM
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Thai chile peppers are looking good,,,

    Bookmark   January 24, 2014 at 9:02AM
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...as are Stupice tomatoes, arugula, Black Seeded Simpson and Redina lettuces, Napa cabbage, and Bright Lights swiss chard.

This post was edited by PhxLynne on Fri, Jan 24, 14 at 9:07

    Bookmark   January 24, 2014 at 9:04AM
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MaryMcP Zone 8b - Phx AZ

Wow! Looking good Lynne. If the broccoli bolts, the bees love it.

    Bookmark   January 24, 2014 at 10:08AM
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Hello green thumbers. I am new too Golden Valley Az..Would really like some hints and helpers on what grows good out here...In So Cal I could throw seed and it would just grow. Here I do not know we have this Clay dirt..Can someone help me out on tips and plant ideas especially flowers? thank you

    Bookmark   January 29, 2014 at 4:07PM
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