Southwestern Deserts

July, 2003
Regional Report

Local Buzz

Master Gardener Journal Available to Public
Maricopa County Master Gardeners have given a makeover to their old newsletter. Renamed the "Master Gardener Journal: Horticultural News & Research," the publication now comes out 6 times per year, featuring 24 pages of diverse gardening and plant information for the desert written by MGs and local experts. The layout and design has been attractively updated, with lots of photos and illustrations. Don't despair if you don't have time to take the MG course. The Journal is now available by subscription to non-Master Gardeners. For more information, visit: http://ag.arizona.edu/maricopa/garden/html/pubs/mgjournal.htm

Favorite or New Plant

Sundrops
This spreading perennial ground cover provides a pretty butter yellow mass of flowers. Sundrops (Calylophus hartwegii) blooms from spring through much of summer with periodic deadheading and deep soakings every week or two, depending on weather. Mature plants reach about 1-1/2 feet high and 3 feet wide. It performs in the difficult conditions of full sun and reflected heat, although it may become deciduous in cold weather. Flowers resemble evening primrose blossoms, opening at night and lasting for 24 hours.

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