gardens of San Cristobal de las Casas
In between adding
pictures and information on the site and working on the CD-ROM releases,
I still took the time to spend a week in southern Mexico. These are some
pictures taken in the cute city of San Cristobal.
Alain Buffel from Belgium has posted on
the Internet a large number of pictures that he took in a recent trip to
Madagascar. Maybe it is time to compare what you imagine to what the
place really looks like. This is worth seeing.
Propagation from Seeds
After several articles about
traveling, we needed something that we could use at home. This site
contains a wealth of information about succulent propagation. Check it
Arizona has edible mushrooms. This is a
short introduction to finding and collecting them.
by Sheri Ann Richerson
There is no sight
like that of an Angle's Trumpet heavy with blossoms. The perfume that
the flowers release is an extremely sweet, intoxicating scent. These
plants will bloom year round if given the proper care...
Forever Ranch and Garden
This is some information sent
to me by a group dedicated to the creation of a botanical garden in
northwest Arizona. There are very interesting descriptions of climate,
plants, geological data. With a lot of information, it is a site well
Desert Botanical Garden
The Desert Botanical Garden is
one Phoenix’s landmarks. Now is a good time to visit it, or to
Ann Richerson tells us about her effort to find and grow cinnamon.
This tender perennial compact and easy to
maintain it also provides flower in fall, enhances many culinary dishes,
makes a lovely tea and perfumes and brightens floral arrangements
A list of what should be done to your citrus on
a month per month basis.
One of the highlights of my trip to
France was the Jardin Exotique. An outstanding collection of succulents
in a marvelous site. Visit it with me.
with Mesquite Flour
This time of the year, mesquites
drop large quantities of large dry pods, you can trash them or compost
them. Why not cooking with them? They do add a delicious flavor to your
cakes. Here is the secret of making mesquite flour.
Many succulent euphorbias are propagated
easily by cuttings. Here is an example, with tips and pictures.
Temperature zones is a precious indicator of how a
given plant might fare in your garden. Here is a primer on the 3 types
we are using at Desert-Tropicals.com
Garden in May
I have a number of things growing (or not
growing) in my backyard. Sharing experiences might be useful, and let’s
face it, it is always more entertaining to listen to other people
problems. This time I am mostly talking about some warmth-loving fruit
trees that you also can probably grow.
are sometimes known as ‘the cacti that give cacti a bad name’. Still
many of them are very attractive flowers, and they have a definite
utility in landscape. Here is very good article about these pesky shrubs
from the folks at the University of Edinburgh.
Leaf cutting is an easy way to propagate
succulents with minimum impact on the parent plant. This article
talks about which plants are usable, and how to do it.
Roses at the Boyce-Thompson Arboretum
The Boyce Thompson
Arboretum is an interesting place, located east of Phoenix. Among
its many treasures, there is a collection of vintage roses.
Flowers of Arizona
Some of the flowers blooming in large
quantities around Phoenix in March.
Miles' to Go
Miles' to Go Nursery is a great mail-order nursery
located close to Tucson, Arizona. We went for a visit.
of the Agave
Jan Kolendo, a British gardener, has a very
interesting site about Agaves, and in particular Agave culture in
climates that are not as favorable as southwestern USA. This first
article is about the origin of the name, and the use of Agaves in
Gerald Morissette comes back about another
topic about African Violet culture. A lot of it is applicable to other
garden soils lack enough organic matter, and this is particularly true
in the southwestern dry areas. Compost just happens to be the cheapest,
and probably the best way to improve your soil. This is a basic
introduction to creating your own compost.
After having bought scores of cactus and
succulents at the Desert Botanical Garden greenhouse, I decided to go to
the source, and I went to Tucson to visit Bach's Cactus Nursery. Here is
a short story about it.
Succulents by Seeds
It just so happens that it is the seeds
season for cactus nurseries in Arizona. Take a look at a variety of
succulent seedlings and get some information on how to grow cactus seeds
at the same time.
Violet Leaf Cuttings
Gerald Morissette, an African violet
afficionado from Canada shows us his technique to propagate his plants,
illustrated by great color pictures.
Native Interior Design
Paul, our "Wise Gardener" takes us to
visit his house, and talk to us about southwestern interior design
Most bananas plant produced commercially use
micropropagation. They are produced in test tubes using cell cultures.
This long article show you in many pictures and in simple terms, how it
This article is a short introduction
to pruning your grapevines. There are > pictures of showing you what
to look for as a result.
- Growing more
Grapevines from Cuttings(1/10/01)
Now that you have
pruned your grapevine, you are ending up with all this wood. How to use
it to get more grapevines.
- Growing Fig
Tree from Cuttings(1/10/01)
Fig Trees are very easy to
grow from cutting. A couple of pictures show you what to do to get a
clone of your neighbor fig tree, or to have fig trees to give away.
- Designing a Desert
- Subtropical Fruits - From
Avocado to Tamarind (12/15/00)
This article is a good
overview of subtropical fruit by two horticulturists from Florida. It
covers a large number of fruits and it links to a number of pages with
- Peaches, Nectarines, Plums,
Apricots, Cherries... Climate Puts Limits on What You Can
- Get ready for the
Freezing temperatures are early this year. Here
are some suggestion to decrease the damage. (11/25/00)
- Buying Rooted Grapevines Can Save
You a Year (11/25/00)
- Early Spring Flowering
- The Date
about landscaping. (11/15/00)
- Growing a
mango tree from the fruit
a pineapple plant from a pineapple crown
- Pictures of some of Art
Pacheco's Fat Plants