Trees Can’t Relocate...

Trees can’t relocate—maybe they need a helping hand. A variation on the “if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em” theme: As climate change thwarts the growth of trees used to a colder climate, some trees that thrive in milder climates are being planted in northern states.

The Lady Banks Roses Are Out!

In my garden, like the bougainvillea, these climbers love the spring equinox. Or perhaps rosa banksiae just responds to the warmth of the sun after its winter rest. These small white rosettes on almost thornless stems emit a subtle fragrance and climb vigorously. 

Colcannon For St Patrick’s Day

Last November I went to Ireland.

I have three Irish great-great-grandmothers, and they all left their homeland in about 1849 to escape starvation.

What Food Gardening Gives Us

It is the citrus season here. Walk around this neighborhood and you’ll see oranges, lemons, and grapefruit bowing down the trees. I don’t grow Seville oranges but one year I picked them off the ground near a local park where they had fallen.

Car-Free Community

Here in Phoenix, the car is king. Wide straight roads, miles of suburbs stretching at least fifty miles east to west, brutal summer temperatures, and a lack of a real urban core mean that people drive a lot.