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Boyce Thompson Arboretum
Posted on Mar 5, 2017 11:49 AM

I loaded the dog in the car yesterday and headed out to Boyce Thompson Aboretum, which is just this side of Superior, AZ. We left early in order to miss the Ren Fair traffic and cruised. There was a bit of a fiasco in the parking lot. This dog has never worn the backpack, and getting him into it was quite the comedy routine. But finally, it was on and off we went. Here are just a few of the pictures I took. Please click them so that you see the full picture.

There were a LOT of aloes, all in bloom.
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This is Ayers Lake, one of my favorite spots along the main trail.
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The trail goes up from Ayers Lake, and then drops down to parallel Queen Creek.
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I love the big grinding stone here.
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The fairy dusters were all in bloom.
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Plants I Can't Put in my Plant List
Posted on Feb 21, 2017 6:33 PM

I don't have enough information on the plant to pick the right one in the database. So here we go:

Brussel sprouts:

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Pink Geranium

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Miniature Rose

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My kitchen onion keeper repurposed as an herb planter

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Sweet peppers - I got 6 kinds. No way to tell which ones these are

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Thanks for looking! Be sure to click on the pictures since some of them were terribly cut off.

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4 day Weekend in my container garden
Posted on Feb 20, 2017 5:37 PM

Obtained and potted a Eureka lemon tree. (Sat)
Transplanted a red beefsteak tomato into an upside down pot. (Sat) Transplanted 3 lime basil plants into top of pot. (Mon)
Planted 8 green arrow pea seeds in a cooler and placed it against west wall of backyard. (Mon)
Clipped down the greens on the Sweet Red onions and garlic. (Sat)
Planted a grandiflora Queen Elizabeth rose in the front yard. (Not in a container. Clay soil here with caliche.) (Sun in the rain!)
Planted an organic turmeric root with 3 knobs in large planter. Placed in front yard. (Sun)
Added new grow lights for the 3 indoor growing areas. (Sat)
Noted fruit coming on lemon tree, strawberries, and tomato.
Transplanted garlic chives into a tall, narrow clay pot. (Mon)
Transplanted my almost dead and basically free from the store parade (miniature) roses into containers. (Mon)
Ran out of soil!
Set up my 5 shelf system for aquaponics. A lot still to do here, but the shelves are up! (Mon)

Weather: Saturday and Sunday - steady rain all day. Monday: sunny

Temps for Monday:
Front yard (east facing and sheltered): Overnight low: 47 Daytime high: 70
Back yard (west facing and fully exposed): Overnight low: 45 Daytime high: 74

Off again tomorrow. Dentist appointment first thing in the morning. A pedicure at some point. Then we'll see what kind of trouble I can get into.

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