Southwestern Deserts

February, 2012
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Island Time at the 2012 Philadelphia International Flower Show

National News

Although enthusiasm is a job requirement when overseeing the world's largest indoor flower show, show designer Sam Lemheney practically levitates when talking about Hawaii: Islands of Aloha ....

New Hardiness Zone Map

The USDA has released the long-awaited, updated version of its hardiness zone map, giving some areas of the country new zone designations. The new 2012 map is based on temperature data from the...

Lyme Disease on the Move

A new research study by the Yale School of Public Health shows that Lyme disease is on the move. A map showing the areas of highest risk for Lyme disease infection in the U.S. is part of the study...

Changing the Rules Because of Oak Wilt

For years gardeners were counseled to paint over tree wounds and pruning cuts to seal them. This seemed like a logical course of action, like putting a bandage over a scraped knee. It wasn't until...

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In the Garden

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Butterfly Basking and Puddling

Any successful wildlife habitat offers shelter, water, and food, preferably using native or mostly native plants. Two other essential elements can help you attract butterflies to your habitat. Butterflies need to "bask" and "puddle." If you make it easy...
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Resources

Shows & Events

Butterfly Plants Come learn about the many varieties of milkweed available as host plants for monarch and queen...

Favorite or New Plant

'Silky Gold' Milkweed The 'Silky Gold' hybrid milkweed, with yellow-gold flowers, tolerates cold weather better than...
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Regional Reminders

  • Plant Bare-root Roses
  • Continue Pruning Tasks
  • Fertilize Citrus with Nitrogen
  • Start Tomato and Pepper Plants at High Desert Elevations
  • Patrol Cool-Season Vegetables for Cabbage Loopers

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