How to Plant a Living Christmas Tree

12/07/2018 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener An evergreen that has had a starring role in the mountains of Arizona is gaining nationwide popularity. The ‘Single Blue Pinyon Pine’ is a local variety that gives a bold appearance to a rustic…

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What is “Dormancy”? What happens when plants go “Dormant”?

11/23/2018 Ken Davis

By Ken Lain, the mountain gardener To those of you new to the four seasons of Northern Arizona:  Autumn is a time of intense transition in yards and landscapes.  Leaves fall off of leafy trees, and flowering perennials bloom one…

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Top 10 Bird Feeding Mistakes

12/23/2017 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener It is easy to get started feeding birds, but novice birders often make simple mistakes that can keep birds from enjoying their backyard feeders. While some mistakes only make feeders unattractive, others can endanger…

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December To-Do List and Garden Tips

12/02/2017 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener The differences in altitude of our Northern Arizona gardens dictate the garden tasks for December. At higher elevations like Flagstaff, Williams, and the White Mountains there are few December gardens.  December at these elevations…

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Air Plants are Green, Unique, & LOW Maintenance

11/14/2017 Ken Davis

By Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Air plants, also called tillandsias, are surprisingly easy to grow. They don’t require soil, need only moderate light, and a good soak every once-in-a-while.  The numerous varieties are beautiful with modern home décor, in…

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Interrupt Winter! Court the Romance of Spring!

02/18/2017 Ken Davis

By Ken Lain, the mountain gardener             We don’t know about you, but we’re more than a little ready to put this winter behind us and get outside to our garden! About this time of…

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What is an Annual Flowering Plant??

05/29/2016 Ken Lain, mountain gardener

A true annual is a plant that completes its life cycle in one year. This means it goes from seed to seed and then dies during the course of one growing season. The whole mission of an annual is to…

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What is a herbaceous perennial plant?

05/29/2016 Ken Lain, mountain gardener

When a plant is called ‘herbaceous’, it means the core stems that hold the leaves upright during the growing season are soft, green or succulent, as opposed to the brown and woody stems of a lilac, forsythia or rose of…

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5 Winter Evergreens to Plant Now

02/07/2016 Ken Davis

By Ken Lain, the mountain gardener If you need plants that look good in all four seasons, you’ll benefit from the list that follows. Most bloom in the spring, look great in summer, then turn fall colors, but never drop…

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The Weatherproof Garden

01/27/2016 Ken Davis

Few of us live in a gardener’s growing paradise. The idea of a series of warm sunny days punctuated with a lovely soaking evening shower is rarely reality. Instead we battle polar blasts, sizzling summers, unreliable rains, and truculent winds.…

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