We’ve been in Arizona just over 7 months now, almost 6 of them summer, and we’re now evidently in the second blooming of plants and flowers. When we moved here, I visited Lowe’s with their enormous selection of veggies and plants, excited to fill my two raised beds with tomato (heat-resistant), snap peas, Greek oregano, tarragon, and, most exciting of all, an artichoke! I’d enhanced the soil and put a protective cover over the top on the advice of my brother. I watered pretty much daily.

Did I tell you we had a record-setting number of days over 110 and some other sort of heat record? We did. The peas went first, the parsley dried on the stalk rather than having to be dried out in the house. The tomatoes had lots of fruit-in-the-making until they didn’t. The tarragon wilted, the artichoke too, and even the Greek oregano (I’d expected better from it) finally had to be pulled up as well.

Once I bought a small book on planting in Arizona, I found the advice basically to be: Don’t plant from about May-October. I never did figure out why Lowe’s was selling plants unlikely to live. The plants and flowers in our yard hung in there when watered regularly, cacti don’t need much. Now that it’s cooled off, 70’s and 80’s, plants and flowers are making a comeback. You can almost hear their sigh of relief. This is the flower or the creosote bush and the grey fuzzy things are actually fruit.

Just realized today is Friday the 13th, my lucky day. Hope yours is good as well.

  1. restlessjo says:

    Have a happy 13th! 🙂 🙂

  2. Yuvi's Buzz says:

    Having to watch plants drying out due to heat is very frustrating! The creosote are beautiful 😍

  3. Sheree says:

    Good luck with the second planting

  4. peggyjoan42 says:

    Arizona has its own set of rules for planting. We had a yard on the Indian Reservation that looked like an Oasis. All in the type of plants you plant and constant watering in the sandy soil.. Hope your next endeavor to plant a garden works. Always loved the creosote bushes.

  5. aFrankAngle says:

    Now that wasn’t a nice way to welcome you to Arizona. 2021 has to be better! Enjoy your Friday. 🙂

  6. Kate Lester says:

    I can kill my plants with neglect, but I’m leaning.

    • I get that. I just don’t understand why all these plants are for sale if it’s a time when it’s almost impossible to grow them. Are other people growing theirs? Their weather is the same as mine. Ah, well, live and learn.

  7. The big box stores sell veggies and flowers in April up here well before the last frost date. I always hide my smile when I see people hauling cart loads out because I know they’ll be back in a few weeks buying more after these die.

    • I was used to that, Judy, and always held off, shaking my head as you probably did. But I do wonder who actually grew any of the plants here? What would I have to have done to have gotten them to grow? It still makes me angry at Lowe’s to think about it, even though I understand it was my ignorance.

      • I’m totally guessing, but thinking that they would need a break from afternoon sun which would require either natural shade, shade provided from an umbrella or shade cloth. If the plants were in containers, opening a large umbrella would be easier. I’m guessing though gardening in the fall would just be easier on you. 🙂

      • I had shade cloth over the tomatoes, but it didn’t help. Ah, well, live, lose, and learn. 🙂

  8. Dan Antion says:

    We had to water often this summer, due to heat and drought. It’s really tough on plants. Are you going to give round-two a shot?

  9. Cee Neuner says:

    I knew I’ve always liked you. I’ve always considered Friday the 13th a lucky day too! 😀

  10. It must have been frustrating to watch your plants slowly dry up. We have the same situation here in Florida. I think there’s a planting season in every state. I see plants in nurseries and just admire them. Too much money lost. But, this little creosote plant looks hardy. Cute lil yellow flowers. I would have thought they were a different type of daisy had you not named them. Is this the plant they get creosote from for fireplaces? Anyway … have a wonderful weekend. Be Safe …
    Izzy 😎

  11. The picture is lovely, the weather there is hot. I can image that there is a struggle with garden over there. I lived in Las Vegas for several years so I have an idea of the dry heat.

    • Dry does make a difference when it comes to being able to tolerate heat, but the kind of highs in the summer certainly make it difficult to grow non-desert things and even the other things need watering sometimes.

  12. Resa says:

    Wow! I don’t think I could take that kind of heat!
    Glad to hear the plants are doing better now.
    Your pic of the creosote bush flowers is very sweet!

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