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Wednesday Vignette: metal agaves

Wednesday Vignette: metal agaves

I’ve seen a lot of metal agaves. In nurseries and garden stores, that is. Not so much in actual gardens. Maybe because it’s not so easy to make them look good in the company of life plants? (I know because I have a small metal saguaro cactus.)

But I must admit I thought these...

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12/30/15: Tohono Chul Park, Tucson, AZ

12/30/15: Tohono Chul Park, Tucson, AZ

When it comes to scenic beauty, I know few cities that can compete with Tucson. I’m talking not just about the untamed wild (like the five mountain ranges that surround the city) but also “preserved” nature, including Saguaro National Park, Sabino Canyon, the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson Botanical Gardens—and Tohono Chul...

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Preliminary winter damage report (January 2016)

Preliminary winter damage report (January 2016)

In previous years I went overboard when it came to covering plants on nights with temperatures below freezing (see here: 2011 | 2012 | 2013). This winter I decided to relax and cover only one plant: my Agave attenuata ‘Boutin Blue’, which starts to shiver when temperatures...

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Wednesday Vignette: Agave Place

Wednesday Vignette: Agave Place

Yes, there are agaves on Agave Place.

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Agave Place, Tucson, AZ

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The Wednesday Vignette meme is hosted by Anna Kullgren over at Flutter and Hum. You can read her current Wednesday Vignette post here....

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12/29/15: Mission San Xavier del Bac, Tucson, AZ

12/29/15: Mission San Xavier del Bac, Tucson, AZ

While it isn’t cold here in Davis (62°F in my backyard at noon on Monday, January 18, 2016), the sky has been depressingly gray virtually all month. El Niño has brought us 3.77” of rain in January, which is exactly 3.77” more than in January 2015 but a fraction of what...

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12/29/15: Another visit with agave expert Greg Starr at his Tucson nursery

12/29/15: Another visit with agave expert Greg Starr at his Tucson nursery

Tucson is the home turf of Greg Starr, one the world’s leading agave experts and the author of what I think is the best book on agaves in print, Agaves: Living Sculptures for Landscapes and Containers (Timber Press, 2012).  Greg’s first book, Cool Plants for Hot Gardens (Rio Nuevo, 2009), is...

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12/29/15: Tucson’s Barrio Histórico

12/29/15: Tucson’s Barrio Histórico

I had been to Tucson, AZ seven times before my recent trip, and yet I had never made it to the Barrio Histórico. That’s why a visit to this historic district in downtown was at the top my list of destinations this time around. ´

My first stop was at...

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12/28/15: Sonoran Light at the Desert Botanical Garden

12/28/15: Sonoran Light at the Desert Botanical Garden

After spending a good part of the afternoon at the Desert Botanical Garden (1 | 2 | 3), I went back in the evening to see Bruce Munro’s Sonoran Light installations in all their multi-color glory.

When I got there at 5:30 p.m....

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12/28/15: Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, AZ (part 3)

12/28/15: Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, AZ (part 3)

Part 2

Let’s take another look at the DBG map: We’re still on the Desert Discovery Loop Trail…

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Senita (Pachycereus schottii var. schottii)

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Agave angustifolia

…now...

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12/28/15: Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, AZ (part 2)

12/28/15: Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, AZ (part 2)

Part 1     ↔     Part 3

We’re now on the edge of the Desert Terrace Garden, one of several exhibits completed in recent years. While larger in scale than a typical residential project would be, it still showcases many ideas that homeowners could replicate in their...

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