Friday, April 13, 2012


 The first bright spot in my garden every year are the iris.  They grow with a minimum of care and water.  I have quite a stand of an older variety that just survives on rainwater.  Some of the newer varieties need a bit of help but reward you with some spectacular blooms.  If you are looking for a plant for a low water garden, iris are a great addition.  The Prescott Area Iris Society is having three sales this summer where you can pick up some rhizomes.  Club members will be at the sales to answer questions.  Iris are planted in the summer so the sale is in July.  Mark your calendars now!

Prescott Area Iris Society (PAIS)
Join PAIS for our annual iris rhizome sale with hundreds of Iris for sale, all colors of the rainbow. Proceeds used to purchase educational materials for library system and maintain Iris beds at Yavapai College Sculpture Garden.
For information call (928) 776-7217 or (602) 300-5791. Visit our web site at:

Carnival Song
Sharlot Hall Museum
415 N. Gurley Street, Prescott, AZ
Saturday, July 21, 2012 11:00AM to 5:00PM
Sunday, July 22, 2012 12:00PM to 4:00PM

Lavender Tea House
1097 N. James, Chino Valley, AZ
Friday July 27, 2012 10:00AM to 2:00PM

Dan’s Garden

17618 Foothill Road, Yarnell, AZ
Saturday, July 28, 2012 10:00AM to 2:00PM

Parvins Pinot

I'm gearing up for the vegetable garden.  I picked up tomatoes and peppers at Verde River Growers in Cottonwood the other day.  Beautiful plants, now I just have to take care of them enough to have beautiful tomatoes and peppers.  The garlic now growing will be ready to pick in another month or so, depending on how fast it gets hot.  I also have leeks, onions and shallots that are really coming along.  My big goof so far is that I haven't started any sweet potatoes.  It is probably too late but I am going to give it a shot as I love homegrown sweet potatoes.  Plan on putting in some melons yet, but they can wait till it warms up a bit.