March 2013: what looks good/bad in your garden?

grant_in_arizona(USDA Z9 Scottsdale AZ)March 4, 2013

Hi everyone,

Happy March! Yup, it's almost spring and FINALLY the weather is nice. I sure hope it stays this way. I don't know about you, but in my 13 years here in the Valley this was my least favorite winter. Gray, frosty, gloomy. Yuck! This last weekend, and today, have been heavenly.

I've cleaned up most of the carnage from the record breaking cold snap in early January, and am propagating plants that did great, and composting those that didn't. What about you?

Here are a few things looking really nice right now.

Aloe myriostigma finally mature enough to flower. I got it several years ago as a seedling and it should be a reliable late-winter blooming in the future.

A beautiful, disastrous mess on the patio. Clashing gaudy colors, same-sized leaves, all the things that DON'T make up Good Garden Design. Yes, somehow, I love this corner of the patio, overflowing with petunias, oxalis, geraniuns, lobelias, pansies and ageratum

Finally, something a bit more restrained, a nice compact powdery blue Agave parryi with some Euphorbia ridiga starting to bloom nearby. Talk about an easy, fun combination: just give them sun and slop water on them once a week or every ten days and you're good. Easy!

What about in your garden? What looks great? Awful? Have you made any deliberate changes due to this past winter weather? We'd love to see/hear!

Happy gardening!
Grant

Here is a link that might be useful: Pics from my garden March 2013

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phxlynne

After that frost, the only things looking good right now are one bougainvillea that was on a protected side of the house, garden herbs like dill, rosemary, oregano, and greens like my Merlot and Simpson Black Seeded lettuce and Purple Russian Kale:

    Bookmark   March 6, 2013 at 12:03AM
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phxlynne

Also, potted plants like my kumquat:

    Bookmark   March 6, 2013 at 12:05AM
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phxlynne

(sorry, don't know how to post multiple files using this site's Image Upload).

Some plants are showing signs of life though, ike my largest bougainvillea that I had trained to grow over the patio trellis. Starting all over again, but at least it's alive.

    Bookmark   March 6, 2013 at 12:08AM
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phxlynne

Valencia orange recuperating:

    Bookmark   March 6, 2013 at 12:11AM
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phxlynne

Meyer lemon also survived

    Bookmark   March 6, 2013 at 12:12AM
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phxlynne

As did the our Lisbon lemon we planted a year ago. It suffered the worst of all our citrus, dropping every leaf and having to be cut back the most. I haven't been out to examine the front yard yet, but in the back I think we only lost one boug and one lantana. Lemon:

    Bookmark   March 6, 2013 at 12:15AM
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grant_in_arizona(USDA Z9 Scottsdale AZ)

Great new pics, PhxLynne! It looks like everything is rebounding nicely--that's good to see. Cute kumquat and delicious looking lettuce! Most of my citrus had only very minor damage, all except for the 7 foot tall orange tree I grew from seed. It got zorched, LOL, but is bouncing back nicely too. Thanks for taking the time to post your pics!

Just for fun here's a couple of things looking pretty good right now:

Epiphyllum guatemalense 'Curly' which I got as a small rooted plant several years ago. Wilson the tennis ball included to show size. Neat, contorted plant with very boring, small, dingy blooms that open around 2:00 a.m. and only stay open for a couple of hours--definitely not worth getting up to see!

A large pot hidden underneath the foliage and blooms of some 'Picasso in Pink' petunias paired with a red zonal "geranium" (Pelargonium) and blue lobelias out on the patio.

'Maricopa Red' a new-ish hybrid fairy duster. It's a cross between our native and super durable (but pale colored) Calliandra eriophylla and the bright red Baja fairy duster (Calliandra californica). It has the best habits of each parent. That's a spineless prickly pear Opuntia in the background. Obviously this is my back garden--otherwise the javelina would eat that spineless cactus to the ground overnight, LOL.

Here is a link that might be useful: Pics from my garden, March 2013

    Bookmark   March 9, 2013 at 6:41PM
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jaspermplants

My roses!

    Bookmark   March 22, 2013 at 12:13PM
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grant_in_arizona(USDA Z9 Scottsdale AZ)

Your roses DO look wonderful Jaspermplants! Thanks for posting them so we can all enjoy them. They're great! This is the first garden I've had in a long, long time without a single rose. I need to remedy that! I love the pergola in your pic too--really nice!

I don't have any beautiful roses to share, but here are some other blooms going crazy in the garden. It's another section that's not what I'd call well-designed or well-thought out, but it IS pretty and everything is so easy, why not just relax and enjoy it, right?

Here are some cacti and succulents with yellow Gladiolus tristis (wonderfully fragrant at night), pink desert penstemons, blue ageratum, and some red geraniums in a hanging basket, plus red/orange nasturtiums by the birdbath in the backround.

Good old Gasteraloe 'Green Ice' blooming on the east side of the house. It's a hybrid between a Gasteria (which love it here) and Aloe variegata (one of the few aloes that can struggle here in summer) and has the best traits of both parents: the durability and happiness-with-this-climate of the Gasteria and the neat patterned foliage of the aloe. So easy and fun. I buy them any time I see them for sale. Water only when dry, and afternoon shade, keep them happy. ZERO protection this past winter and you can see it looks great. I added Wilson the tennis ball to show relative size. That's a big clump of Stapelia gigantea in the background, another favorite plant.

Keep the pics and updates coming. I gotta go rose shopping now, LOL. Happy gardening!

Here is a link that might be useful: Pics from my garden, March 2013

    Bookmark   March 24, 2013 at 12:08PM
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Nycanthus

Wild Flowers

    Bookmark   March 25, 2013 at 11:55AM
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phxlynne

Petunias under the largest plumeria.

    Bookmark   March 25, 2013 at 3:22PM
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phxlynne

The eight plumeria that survived the frost (I lost three) are all leafing out;

    Bookmark   March 25, 2013 at 3:23PM
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phxlynne

Recent purchases to train up the columns of our new patio extension include white Lady Banks Rose...

    Bookmark   March 25, 2013 at 3:26PM
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phxlynne

..and pink bower vine. Both are on south-facing posts in full sun, so have my fingers crossed with how they will do in the heat of the summer.

    Bookmark   March 25, 2013 at 3:28PM
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phxlynne

In the vegetable garden, herbs look great - German and French thyme, dill, oregano (Greek and Mexican), basil (Thai, purple, Itailan), cilantro, tarragon, marjoram, chives, sage, bay, mint, rosemary, parsley, lavender and lemon verbena. I'm also still cutting lettuce.

    Bookmark   March 25, 2013 at 3:31PM
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phxlynne

I also planted peppers (poblano and jalapeno) and tomatoes - Pink Brandywine, Black Prince, Ace 55, Red Beefsteak Heirloom, Husky Cherry, and Black Cherry. The Husky Cherry already has the first tomatoes:

    Bookmark   March 25, 2013 at 3:37PM
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phxlynne

Citrus trees all survived the frost and are doing much better. My Meyer lemon is leafing out and covered in blooms.

    Bookmark   March 25, 2013 at 4:19PM
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GeeS 9b

Echinocereus coccineus

    Bookmark   March 25, 2013 at 8:44PM
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GeeS 9b

Tetraneuris acaulis

    Bookmark   March 25, 2013 at 8:45PM
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GeeS 9b

P. superbus & P. parryi

    Bookmark   March 25, 2013 at 8:47PM
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plstqd(9)

I love these threads. So many inspiring photos :)

    Bookmark   March 26, 2013 at 11:13PM
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grant_in_arizona(USDA Z9 Scottsdale AZ)

Wow, great updates everyone, things are really looking good! Love the wildflowers, and the plumeria waking up (mine are just now showing signs of life, and yes, I did lose quite a few this winter, grumble, but my favorite 'Celandine' made it through like a champ). Great tomatoes, citrus recovery, and charming garden pics too. You all are so talented, so fun to see these!

Just for fun, here's a raspberry colored California poppy blooming in the garden, plus a super cute little Mammilaria cactus, about the size of a tennis ball, plus just two of several blooms on my yellow flowered Cyrtanthus, a fun bulb with grassy foliage that does great here. Happy gardening, Grant!

Here is a link that might be useful: Pics from my little garden March 2013

    Bookmark   March 30, 2013 at 5:20PM
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1212dusti(9)

Here is a section of the patio, this gets more shade

    Bookmark   March 31, 2013 at 2:24PM
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1212dusti(9)

Here is the front of the house, petunias always look so good this time of year.

    Bookmark   March 31, 2013 at 2:27PM
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1212dusti(9)

Here is the sunny part of the patio. Everything looks good except for a few tropical plants that got a nip from the frost, they are coming back though

    Bookmark   March 31, 2013 at 2:35PM
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