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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Cormorants, crested ducks, cottonwood trees and more… at Fort Lowell Park in Arizona

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Our Arizona travels brought us not only to a gentle bird refuge; but the historical Fort Lowell Park in Tucson.  This wildlife oasis streaming with ducks, cormorants, turtles and dragonflies was an United States Army post from 1873 till 1891. The most … Continue reading

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Great Blue Heron in AZ – Facts and pictures about this Wading Bird

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The Great Blue Heron is sometimes seen flapping casually over the desert. It hunts in typical heron fashion; standing by the water’s edge to skewer fish or clinch other aquatic creatures. This towering bird is the most common and largest of … Continue reading

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When does Monsoon season start? What causes Monsoon?

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The official start date of the Arizona Monsoon season is June 15.  In 2008, the National Weather Service determined the AZ Monsoon starting date along with the ending date of September 30. What causes monsoon? Traders sailing the Indian Ocean and Arabian Sea used the … Continue reading

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Sage bushes with Purple Flowers bring life to the desert!

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It is difficult to imagine that a flowering plant can thrive in hot desert temperatures; but, these vibrant purple sage bushes love the heat! Also known as Texas Ranger Plants, these lavender flowers fill the sage bushes that adorn the … Continue reading

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Meet your clouds – Cirrus, Stratus, and Cumulus

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Most of us have fantasized while admiring clouds; but have you ever wondered why clouds float?  As long as the cloud is warmer than the outside air around it, it will float. The height of the cloud in the atmosphere … Continue reading

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