Southwestern Deserts

December, 2013
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

National Poinsettia Day

National News

Here's one more reason for celebration this month. December 12 is National Poinsettia Day! The date marks the anniversary of the death of Joel Poinsett, the first U.S. ambassador to Mexico. He was...

African Sunset Petunia

If cold, wintry weather is getting you down, warm yourself up with thoughts of how striking this brilliantly hued petunia will look in your garden next spring. Petunia 'African Sunset', a 2014...

Look for Lofos

Its name may not roll as readily off your tongue as petunia, but Lophospermum (pronounced low-fo-SPUR-mum) is a name that gardeners looking for a dramatic, cascading vine for a hanging basket...

Protecting Bumblebees

The decline of honeybees due to colony collapse disorder has garnered a lot of attention in the last few years. But populations of native bees like bumblebees are also showing a downward trend....

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In the Garden

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Protect Tender Plants from Cold

Monitor weather forecasts and if frost is predicted, be prepared to cover susceptible plants such as citrus, bougainvillea, hibiscus, natal plum, and annual flower and vegetable gardens at sunset. Native plants are usually okay, as they are adapted to...
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Resources

Web Finds

Garden Clubs Looking for a garden club to join? University of Arizona Maricopa County Cooperative Extension...

Clever Gardening Technique

Testing Christmas Tree Freshness Trees are often cut many weeks in advance and shipped around the country. Use these tests to get...
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Regional Reminders

  • Fertilize Container Plants
  • Maintain Winter Lawns
  • Plant Bareroot Deciduous Fruit Trees
  • Plant Herbs
  • Monitor for Aphids

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