The Green Dreamhome Winter Garden

by Angelique on December 17, 2014

a bunch of floribunda orange roses in the green dream garden - "The Green Dreamhome Winter Garden"Arizona gardens are never dormant. Some plants can’t take the heat; others can’t take the cold, such as it is, but there’s always something that will grow, even flowers. Here’s what’s going on in the Green Dream Garden this December.

abundant orange floribunda rose bushes - "The Green Dreamhome Winter Garden"

I planted these roses last spring. Their blossoms were pale and short-lived through the summer, but with the cool weather, look at them now! They’re staying a nice orange, and look how large they are for such a little plant! I keep a layer of alfalfa pellets around the base of my roses; as it gets watered in it makes a steady, low-nitrogen fertilizer. I’ve also given then some high-nitrogen Mexican bat guano, and after high winds or a lot of rain, I spray their canes and leaves with a hydrogren peroxide mixture to kill fungus.

 

A pot filed with pink and white striped petunias -- "The Green Dreamhome Winter Garden"

The petunias like the cool weather, too!

 

a geranium with buds in a pot surrounded by three red petunias -- "The Green Dreamhome Winter Garden"

None of my geraniums survived the summer, so this fall I bought a new red one. It’s in the center; you can see it has some new buds. It was originally surrounded by four nice red petunias, but after a series of rain-and-wind storms, they all wilted dramatically. I thought the problem was too much water from the rains, but the nursery told me that the real problem was probably an airborne fungus. Only one survived. I removed the other three and dug out the entire top half of the soil. I treated what was left with hydrogen peroxide and replaced it with new soil that has better drainage. Let’s hope the two new petunias are happy.

 

a cherry tomato bush growing in a clay pot - "The Green Dreamhome Winter Garden"

This was our tomato crop just before we harvested them at Thanksgiving. They were delicious! I was happy with the crop, considering I had just planted it as a baby in August. I don’t know how it will do over our “winter,” but I’ll put a frost cloth over it on cold nights, and I expect it will give us lots of great tomatoes in the spring.

 

A funny ladybug metal scuplture hanging from a short stand between two large clay pots - "The Green Dreamhome Winter Garden"

And what’s a garden without a little art? I bought this cute ladybug at the Tempe Art Festival. She has bells on her feet!

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