- Your Voice
I have to confess, I love my job as a garden writer. I may work 60 or so hours a week, and my fingernails are always short and hands dry due to digging in the dirt, but market research is a blast. Walking into a nursery or garden center at any time of the year is a treat in my book, but in the winter it is especially wonderful. The sight, scent, and even subtle sounds of so many healthy growing and flowering plants in one small space is delightful. The idea that I get to take some home with me is dazzling. Flowers, flowers, and more flowers! And living flowers no less – they will last far longer than any bouquet.
(NAPSI)—Whether it's the holidays, birthdays, anniversaries or any occasion that you want to feel special, heeding a few simple hints can help you become known as having a gift for giving.
The glory days
(BPT) - The costumes, the candy, the creative pumpkin carvings – Halloween has been steadily increasing in popularity, with the spooky holiday spend being second only to Christmas. The National Retail Federation says the number of people buying sweet treats for Halloween actually beats out Easter.
When the Pima County Board of Supervisors created the Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan in 1999 the perception of the plan was that it was for the protection of natural lands outside of or bordering metropolitan Tucson. That perception was amplified in 2004 when county voters ratified the plan through the approval of $165 million in bond funds for environmentally sensitive land acquisition.
While at Tohono Chul Park for the Bloom Night event Friday night, Shirl Lamonna took this photo of this sculpture with the moon peaking through the clouds in the background.
Each year, for one evening only, Tohono Chul opens its doors to visitors from around the world to experience the mystery, majesty and beauty of the Queen of the Night, the night-blooming cereus Peniocereus greggii.
Vines, any vines, are great in the landscape. Three reasons. First, vines need little root space to flourish, thus they can fit in even the smallest yard. Second, many vines have beautiful flowers, and the bloom period can last for months, offering an opportunity to fill your yard with color. Third, and in my book best of all, vines produce food, fiber, and other usable products (grapes for wine, hops for beer, I could go on). Tops on my vine list for this area, with trouble-free growth, ample fruit production, and amazing blooms for months, not to mention butterflies galore - passion vine, or Passiflora.
NEW THIS WEEK
NEW IN THEATERS
Savor Southern Arizona Food & Wine Festival
"Whether I'm at home or abroad, I see each new scene as a still life, a moment in time in a landscape: a tractor posing patiently in the sun, or a pattern of light in a mountain sunset," Jane Barton stated.
Tohono Chul Park, a botanical garden nestled in Northwest Tucson, is recognized on a national level.
Though another 50 miles of travel remain, glancing slightly left off laser straight US Highway 62/180 in west Texas, the dramatic vertical cliffs of the Guadalupe Mountains could easily be seen. Matching perfectly the cover photo on a Guadalupe Mountains National Park brochure picked up at a Texas Visitor Center outside El Paso, there was no doubt my destination would soon be reached. Within an hour I would be setting up a tent in Pine Springs Campground and settling in for a night under the stars, eagerly anticipating accomplishing tomorrow’s challenge.
Last week, Tohono Chul Park held its annual Bloom Night, where dozens of night-blooming cereus open up as the sun sets. Only this year, park officials had the rare opportunity to host it two nights in a row.