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Aloes, hurry up already!

Aloes, hurry up already!

Winter in the Sacramento Valley (USDA hardiness zone 9b; Sunset zone 14) is aloe time. Most aloes are winter bloomers and they grace us with their flowers when little else is in bloom.

Except this year my aloes are stuck in a state of suspended animation because of our weird weather. Usually...

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Sunday potpourri: of fog, daphne, bamboo, and banksia

Sunday potpourri: of fog, daphne, bamboo, and banksia

It’s not unusual for us to have foggy nights and mornings, but this year the fog has been extreme. Right now the sun is out, but it’s been a rare sight in the past few weeks.

I must admit, though, that I love what the fog does: It makes even familiar...

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Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, Arizona: Part 3 (2014 edition)

Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, Arizona: Part 3 (2014 edition)

This post concludes my three-part series on the Desert Botanical Garden (DBG) in Phoenix, Arizona. Part 1 is here and part 2 is here.

We’re now at the spot indicated by the green arrow in the following trail map (borrowed from the DBG web...

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Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, Arizona: Part 2

Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, Arizona: Part 2

Part 1 of this 3-part series on the Desert Botanical Garden (DBG) in Phoenix, AZ ended at the Desert Portal, the fat red dot on the trail map below (borrowed from the DGB web site).

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Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, Arizona: Part 1

Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, Arizona: Part 1

Even in a state full of natural treasures and scenic wonders, the Desert Botanical Garden (DBG) in Phoenix, Arizona is a standout. Spanning 140 acres, the DBG features over 21,000 plants in more than 1,400 taxa. Cacti form the largest group, with 10,350 plants in 1,350 taxa. The DBG’s...

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Cold tolerance of agaves

Cold tolerance of agaves

Yesterday’s post, ASDM: Agaves in the snow, prompted me to do a little bit of research into the cold tolerance of agaves. There’s a wealth of information available online and in books, but much of it is in bits and pieces. I attempted to compile a list that is as complete—and hence...

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ASDM: Agaves in the snow

ASDM: Agaves in the snow

New Year’s Day in Tucson started out with a bang: a dusting of snow in the foothills and mountains! I will never forget driving over Gates Pass that morning:

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There was less snow at the Arizona-Sonora...

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ASDM: Cacti with dog food bags and other curious sights

ASDM: Cacti with dog food bags and other curious sights

When I woke up in my downtown Tucson hotel room on New Year’s Day, I saw a slight dusting of snow on the cars in the parking lot. An hour later I was in the Tucson Mountains snapping one photo after another: The mountains had become a winter wonderland, and even the locals...

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Bach’s Cactus Nursery, Tucson, AZ

Bach’s Cactus Nursery, Tucson, AZ

Bach’s Cactus Nursery (8602 North Thornydale Road, Tucson, AZ 85742) was my first stop in Tucson on my recent desert road trip. I’d visited this nursery in December 2013 and couldn’t wait to go back. The weather was much different this time: overcast, noticeably colder, with rain in the...

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Sunnylands Center and Gardens, Palm Springs, CA

Sunnylands Center and Gardens, Palm Springs, CA

In virtually every respect, Sunnylands Center and Gardens is the polar opposite of family-run Moorten Botanical Garden. The two things they have in common—both are located in the Palm Springs area and both showcase desert plants—are eclipsed by their differences. Moorten is 1 acre in size, Sunnylands 200; Moorten...

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