Is the purple Texas Sage edible? Eating a Texas Ranger Plant

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Can you eat purple sage, Texas Sage?  This perennial evergreen shrub with grayish leaves with purple flowers is actually not sage at all. This popular bush goes by the name Silverleaf, Texas Ranger Plant, Thunder Cloud or most commonly Purple Texas Sage. … Continue reading

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Encountering a Gila Monster or Mexican Beaded Lizard – lizards protected by law

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The exotic color pattern of the gila monster (pronounced – Hee la) is black with pinkish or yellow spots and bands.  Its unusual skin is beaded in appearance. Native to the Sonoran Desert in Arizona and Mexico, the Gila Monster is … Continue reading

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Protect your yard from rattlesnakes – tips for snake proofing

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  Safeguarding against Rattlesnakes is not easily done; but protective measures can be completed.  Several of the following steps not only divert venomous but also non-venomous snakes. 1)  A rattlesnake proof fence is not cheap but it is one of the … Continue reading

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Drought Tolerant shrubs with Orange, Red and Yellow Flowers

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The flowers on the Red, Yellow and Mexican Bird of Paradise bushes are thriving in the sweltering heat.  Vivid energetic colors of this drought tolerant shrub are sure to catch the eye of any passer-by. This is one of our favorite desert … Continue reading

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What insect looks like a green leaf? – true katydids – leaf bugs

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Those green bugs that look like leaves are called true katydids.  Katydids enjoy all the leafy plants in our front yard.  We were so close to this wondrous green bug that we observed its mouth and eyes moving. The British often … Continue reading

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Asparagus Fern is my # 8 in the top Ten heat resistant plants

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Introducing the dramatic Asparagus densiflorus.  Even when southern Arizona reaches temperatures above 100 degrees the asparagus fern thrives!  Our desert garden has a subtropical ambience thanks to the ornate asparagus fern. This customary name is somewhat deceiving because the asparagus fern … Continue reading

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Apple Annie’s Orchard in Willcox – activities in Arizona

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Apple Annie’s is a “you” pick orchard in Willcox, Arizona.  It is about 1 1/2 hours from Tucson through the exhilarating countryside.  A must see for travelers or anyone looking for a gladdening family activity.  The farm is well marked … Continue reading

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