|Palo Verde Trees love the desert,|
as long as they can grow by a stream or watering device.
God has created variety in plants, so some can flourish in the desert - like the cacti and many varieties of beautiful plants. Citrus trees love the desert if they get enough water. We had several Lemon Trees and one Tangerine in Phoenix. Large deciduous trees only survive where the grounds can be flooded by irrigation, but many desert trees are easy to grow and provide shade for birds and people to enjoy - the Mesquite and the Palo Verde tree.
Likewise, there are many plants that demand cold and thrive in the cold, but do poorly in the heat. Peas, spinach, and kale are so cold-loving that they can survive snow. I used to dig green kale out form under the snow in Midland.
After decades of gardening and reading about the subject, the sunny garden is filled easily - at least in my mind - with plants that thrive in sunshine all day:
|Some people consider Wild Strawberries a weed,|
because they grow everywhere.
They are attractive, inobtrusive, loved
by insects and birds.
|Blue Hawaii Hostas break the pattern|
of green or green-yellow Hostas.
A large grouping of Hostas is impressive under a tree,
and their modest flowers attract Hummingbirds.
Confidential note to gardeners who are married to city slickers. The other spouse is often not a gardener, which may be very good, since gardeners are hard-headed and argumentative. But listen to what the other person likes and provide that in abundance. Then it is a joint-project and not an alienating obsession. Thus eight rose bushes in the front became an entire yard full of roses, loved by everyone. And "I would like some Calladiums" became a shade feature under the maple and Crepe Myrtle that everyone loves.
|Calladiums need the shade and|
show off their colors best there.
Almost Eden provides insights about gardening when I take Sassy through the nursery. Today she stared at me until I gave her breakfast at 7 AM, so we left for our walk. She wanted to explore and trot down Joye Street, so that meant passing by the fire station and returning through Almost Eden. We spotted Opie first and then Almost Eden himself, so we talked about Fig Trees and how easy they are to grow. Opie and Sassy decided to track the pitbull that visited the nursery yesterday and left his scent here and there.
|Rose of Sharon is used for a few plants.|
This one is from the Hibiscus family.