“ There are no gardening mistakes, only experiments.”
Janet K. Phillips
I don’t have a garden update for you all this month. August here in Phoenix is not really a great time to be out in the garden. The heat gets so intense during this month that the city with all it’s asphalt heats up and creates a heat pocket that doesn’t cool down even at night. In fact, night temps can still be as high as 108F. We even have moments where we get humidity along with high temps, no fun and hard to breath out there in the garden in August.
This month I thought I share some of my favorite plants that are growing from my garden. In the summer we move some of our plants inside because the heat outside is too hot. Every year I get better and better with this green thumb of mine. I am not quite there yet, but I am learning something new every day I spend time in the garden.
No one likes their plants to die. Think most of my problems come from me trying to grow something in a desert climate. It gets really cold here in the Winter, sometimes freezing. We have to cover our plants when that happens. Then there are the extreme heat days. It’s really difficult to have a successful garden here in Arizona, especially for all us beginners. All the plants listed below are perfect for beginners. If I am able to keep them alive, I know you can too.
I have discovered that there are some plants that I am doing great with. Plants like Spider, snake and Pothos. Also cacti, Elephant Bush and Aloe. With herbs, I am good at growing Basil. I will have to do a fun little post on some Basil paste my daughter makes for pasta dishes. I lost my mint when the temps went very high a month ago.
I try to keep most of my Pothos up high and out of reach of our cats. The plants that are on lower shelves are really hard to get to. The cats don’t seem to be interested too much in the Pothos. If you have pets and want to add these plants to your homes, please be careful where you put them.
It was my Nana that got me hooked on Aloe. She used to grow a bunch next to her home where she lived up by a huge desert mountain. I fell in love with Aloe many decades ago as a little girl. Heaven’s wand is what the Native’s call it. A biblical plant that not only shines a beautiful green when the sunlight comes through it but also helps to heal us.
What can I say about this tiny white flower with so much punch. I don’t believe I can find the right words when describing how wonderful this plant is. There isn’t much beauty when you look at this flower from the outside, but what beauty they have from within. At night, like shy little creatures, not even aware of how pretty they are, they pop out and share their inner beauty, which is the real treat, It’s fragrance. It fills the whole night with the sweet fragrances of Jasmine. You will never know they are there until you step into their path and smell their sweet perfume. A very powerful and shy little flower.
I have one plant my kids bought me years ago for one of my birthdays or Mother’s Day, can’t remember which. That one plant, the first generation, has produced so many babies. I have shared them with friends, neighbors and even family. I have third generation plants that are also big producers. There are Spider plants everywhere outside in the garden. Bring this plant inside as well, it helps keep the air inside your homes clean.
Such a hardy plant. They remind me of some sort of beautiful sculpture. I planted the first one I received outside under the grape vines. Then my husband weed whacked it by accident one day and we thought it was dead. It struggled, but a few weeks later I noticed new growth. I decided to dig up what I could save and replanted that in a pot. Years later, we now have several plants growing from that first pot. We have pots that are all around our garden and home.
Last year the summer was so hot and there was no rain, we lost so many plants that summer. This year I decided to plant a cacti garden in the Spring so my summer garden would still have green in it. Little did I know that we would have a much easier and cooler summer this year and we would get a ton of rain too.
My garden this summer has exploded in the colors of green. I love cacti, the bright greens, the tiny spikes, and the amazing bright colorful flowers they produce. The other week I made cacti tacos for everyone and they loved them. Prickly pear is an edible cacti but you need to first learn how to remove the thorns and how to prepare before you eat.
I love, love, love this succulent. It is so easy to care for and so easy to reproduce. My neighbor brought over some clippings for me one year from her own garden and now my whole garden is filled with this plant. They remind me of tiny green flowers. I use their patterns and shapes in a lot of my coloring pages that I draw.
This is a new plant for me. So far, to be honest…I’m not doing so well. I soaked them for 3 hours when I first got them in the mail and then I would spray them with water twice a day. I went back to read the rest of the instructions that they came with and discovered that I should be soaking them in water for an hour. I wasn’t sure how many times I was suppose to do this so I watched a YouTtube tutorial on air pants. I may have under-watered some and over watered others…what a mess. So I am ordering some more because I am stubborn and I really want to succeed at these beautiful little plants. They remind me of creatures under the sea when I used to snorkel.
Happy gardening everyone. Stay safe out there and God bless you all.
I am off for the month of August, taking a blogging break. Will be back in September to visit you all. Thank you so much for your likes, follows and comments. Spread kindness, don’t believe the hate and lies and have a beautiful August.