Jan 22, 2008


This is a great time of the year to live in the Sonoran Desert. The temperatures are 60ish during the day, with nights in the high 30s.

This is a picture looking north down our cul-de-sac. You will have to click on the picture to get good details.

The palms at the right are Queen Palms. They are not a dry climate palm and the owner doesn't water them as deeply as they need. Palms are subject to manganese deficiency and the new growth turns yellow. The tree in the foreground is especially in need of being fertilized. You can also see a brown frond on the tree in the background that will need to be trimmed off when it warms up.

The full green tree in the middle is a Live Oak, which does especially well in Arizona. The tree keeps its leaves throughout the winter and has a mass drop in spring. We have a large Live Oak in our backyard.

I'm beginning to prepare the patio garden for spring. I moved all the pots today and swept up the tons of dead leaves and other debris that had accumulated since the last time I did it. Even though I tried to protect all of my big plants, some fared less well than others. Especially the Hibiscus. I cut them back slightly and removed the frozen foliage. The jury is out on their chances for recovery.

I also went out to take some pictures today, only to discover that I forgot to put the battery back in my camera. I put it in the charger. Luckily, I'm free tomorrow.

Things in this blog represented to be fact, may or may not actually be true. The writer is frequently wrong, sometimes just full of it, but always judgmental and cranky


d. chedwick bryant said...

perfect temps alright-- looks like you live in a very peaceful place--with mountains and everything.

dennis said...

Dennis wants to sit under the bench under the live oak on Merle's cul de sac.

Julia said...

I enjoy admiring other peoples' gardens, but I'm not much of a gardener myself.

We're planning to take a trip out west in the next couple years. It's been so long for me that your pictures look like a foreign planet compared to where I live. We have lots of live oaks around here. : Check out this huge one I snapped a couple weeks ago. Pretty much every othe plant you write about is something I've never heard seen.

Steve said...

Those queen palms are pestilential (is that a word?) in Florida. They drop all these little nuts which germinate and pretty soon the darn things are everywhere. Not to mention the lawn mower machine-guns them across the lawn when you mow.

Kurt said...

I've always loved the Southwest, especially the California desert.