Horticulture in the Desert

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Archive for October, 2008

Rabbit, Lizards & Tortoise, Oh My!

Posted by VT Jenny on October 28, 2008

A jackrabbit, lizards and a desert tortoise at the Desert Botanical Garden.






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Queen’s Wreath Vine (Antigonon leptopus)

Posted by VT Jenny on October 28, 2008

Queen’s Wreath Vine – Antigonon leptopus


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Aloe vanbalenii

Posted by VT Jenny on October 25, 2008

Aloe vanbalenii

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This flower smells like rotting meat…..

Posted by VT Jenny on October 16, 2008

Stapelia sp. are a unique plant that has a fleshy flower that smells like rotten meat to attract flies to pollinate it.

This last one is a different genus Huernia. Check out the fly on the flower.

Photos of different flowers of Stapelia

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Desert Botanical Garden

Posted by VT Jenny on October 7, 2008

A slide show of photos from the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, AZ.

Taken late September to early October 2008.

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Sheer Ignorance

Posted by VT Jenny on October 7, 2008

These poor, poor trees were the victims of an over zealous person with a hedge trimmer. Their happiness with power tools have forever scarred these once proud trees. The sheer ignorance of what these trees should look like and would be healthiest for them is astounding. However the bushwackers have ensured that they have more work to do if they are not fired first. Sheered plants require constant maintenance to retain their look. However the guys weren’t too clever on the last ones that outgrew the height they could reach.

For good pruning tips see the plant amnesty site, where their mission is to end the senseless torture and mutilation of trees and shrubs.

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Butterfly Tagging

Posted by VT Jenny on October 7, 2008

The Mariposa Monarca Monarch Butterfly Exhibit at the Marshall Butterfly Pavillion has butterfly tagging demonstrations each Thursday at 1:30 p.m. as part of the Southwest Monarch Study, a research project that is tracking the migratory patterns of monarchs across Arizona.

This butterfly was tagged with 222Y, is a male and was released on Thursday Oct. 2th, 2008. Hopefully someone will find him at let us know where he ended up.

The Monarch Butterfly Exhibit is open 9:30 to 5pm, September 27 to November 2, 2008

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Chilopsis linearis – Desert Willow

Posted by VT Jenny on October 1, 2008

Chilopsis linearis – Desert Willow

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