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Colorful Cannas Part II

used to make a Last week I told you that You Can Grow Colorful Cannas.  Just because you can grow them – should you grow them?  Sure – why not! If you enjoy bright, colorful, lush plants in your landscape, and especially if you have a water garden – you should grow canna. (#PlantWhatYouEnjoy) But is that isn’t enough – here are some more reasons to grow canna. Cannas Add A Touch of the Tropics The broad flat leaves of canna are typically solid green but some cultivars have maroon, Read more

You Can Grow Colorful Cannas

Cannas are – circle all that apply – colorful, tropical, large-flowered, bold, brash, bright, sometimes gaudy, glorious, short or tall, a glorious garden plant. I hope you circled them all, because cannas are all the above!  Plus very delightful and very variable. Cannas in the Southwest If you have an entirely desert landscape, cannas won’t look right in your landscape. But – if you are like most of us in the Southwest – you have an oasis zone in your low-water landscape (we used to call ’em xeriscapes), thus cannas Read more

Retail Nurseries in Your Area

We have all heard the plea to “Shop Local” but what if you are new in town and don’t know where the local nurseries are?!  I am here to help you succeed with your Southwest Gardening, and thus I am working to compile this list of local (for you) nurseries that sell plants adapted to the Southwest.  I have not been to them all (but working on it!) so let me know if you have had good or bad experiences, or notice one I am missing. Please also let me Read more

Gardening With Soule Website Under Re-Construction

This website is mostly re-constructed after being hacked.    Still sending out newsletters!  Website Hosting The following is an unfortunate CAUTION: AVOID InMotion Hosting. Sorry to say that this is their fault. In November when I asked them to update my php they neglected to do so. The hackers were able to get in through this non-updated code program. I feel that InMotion also failed to adequately brief me, or provide me materials to maintain my site security as needed. FURTHERMORE: It took repeated calls to try get someone at Read more

Grow Desert Wildflowers in Your Yard

When it comes to Southwestern wildflowers, most folks immediately think of the showy golden poppies that appeared after the unprecedented 2018/19 rains in California. Well, you can grow that in your yard – and more! Why Plant Now? Spring wildflowers bloom in the Sonoran and Mohave Deserts in response to the winter rains off the Pacific Ocean. Thus you have to get the wildflower seed into the soil now, because their genes are telling them that now is the time to grow. Now, in the cool soils of winter. Wildflower Read more

Fertilizer 101 for the Desert

Warning – I am about to rant just a tiny bit about how erroneous people are who speak of fertilizer as “plant food.” This is an oxymoron and flat wrong to boot. Plants make all of their own food by doing photosynthesis. Now – so that plants can do photosynthesis and thus feed themselves, plants need specific minerals (chemical elements) from the soil. That is what fertilizer is all about. You should think of fertilizer as the vitamins & minerals that plants need so they can make their own food. Read more