Tag Archive for gardening

The Slipper Plant

Dannette Hunnel The slipper plant is recognized as a succulent with green stems that grow upright from its root. With its woody, waxy look, many assume it’s bamboo. It’s a unique perennial with two-inch-wide, orange, slipper-shaped flowers along the stems—hence, the name. Some say the blooms look more like a mini orange bird of paradise…

Easy, Multi-Seasonal Plants

Dannette Hunnel It’s March. It’s springtime, and that means planting to all who enjoy gardening. Unfortunately, many people think, “Why plant now? I’ll soon be leaving for the summer.” Others will think that planting annuals now is labor intensive and expensive, only to lose the plants in the extreme summer heat. Don’t despair. There are…

Ornamental Cabbage

Dannette Hunnel Ornamental cabbages are unique, healthy-looking, and a surprisingly pleasant sight to see in the middle of winter. Ornamental cabbages are also known as kale, wild cabbages, or brassica and are plant-able in October and November and again after the last frost. This perky, uprising flower, growing tall and tiered, looks similar to a…

Garden Club News

The speaker at the Jan. 16 Sun Lakes Garden Club meeting will be Steve Sheard, Master Rosarian. He attended the world-famous Chelsea Flower Show in London in the spring. It’s been held each year since 1913. He’ll take the members on a photographic tour and share his insights into this international show. Steve is a…

Tough Pansy

Dannette Hunnel A “newbie” to Arizona is typically not accustomed to planting flowers outside in January. However, if you moved here for better weather, you might like the idea of gardening throughout the year. The very pretty and popular pansy is the best flower to plant during the desert’s winter months. Being non-toxic to pets,…

Our Colorful Winter Standard

Dannette Hunnel Petunias are the standard winter flower here in metro Phoenix. Petunias are a cheerful, colorful plant with a light, pleasant scent. They are great in the ground, in pots, or as a hanging plant. Petunias are a vigorous, low-growing plant that spreads. Plant them from late October through mid-February. It takes no soil…

Garden Club

Starla Kramer The Garden Club’s annual Holiday Party for members only is scheduled for Dec. 5. This year, it’s a catered Hawaiian Holiday Party. Members will enjoy a patio party overlooking the beautiful Ironwood golf course at Grill on the Green. The event includes a buffet, games, and professional entertainment. The holiday festivities replace the…

Sun Lakes Garden Club

On Sept. 19 members and guests will welcome Chris Stinchcomb to answer all of their tree and plant questions. Chris resides in Chandler, Ariz., with his wife. Chris has a Bachelor of Science degree in environmental science from Linfield University and, upon graduating, has always worked in either landscaping or the field of arboriculture. He…

Sun Lakes Garden Club

On July 18 the featured presenter will be Jody Crago. He’ll be sharing the early days of Chandler, as Dr. A.J. Chandler (veterinarian) facilitated the area’s irrigation for farming and residential use, creating the canals in the East Valley. Jody Crago is the director of the Chandler Museum. He is the co-founder of the East…