Hi there and a big welcome. I’m thrilled to be taking you on a tour of my new garden in the desert, the Sonoran Desert to be more exacting. I was living in seaside Santa Barbara and decided to shake things up a bit by moving to Tucson. This is the land of endless skies, bountiful sunshine, a multitude of cacti and lots of wild creatures – oh boy!
Yes, of course I brought the seahorse that was in my California garden with me. I just love the pop of blue in the back corner – the plumbago really draws your eye back.
I wanted to shoot the video tour before I did any kind of work on the garden. I don’t plan on doing anything major right now because it’s the end of June and it’s way too hot. The plants might be survive just fine but I would probably melt away! I’m going to start with a little light pruning and clean up and go from there.
When I was making the list of priorities for my house hunting adventures, having an outdoor space and a light filled home where at the top. What I loved about this place is that it has an established landscape that provides a great basis to work from. The house has a lot of windows so the outside vegetation is almost a part of the interior. Does that make sense?! I must say, for being a desert garden, it’s very lush and green.
Make my horticultural heart flutter – this Fence Post Cactus really makes a statement. If that wasn’t enough, right behind it is a pink grapefruit tree which bears deliciously sweet/tart fruit.
This is the main bed between the kitchen & the entry – quite the tangled mess of Mexican Bush Sage & Santa Barbara Daisy. It reminds me of my hair 1st thing in the morning! Out it comes & a new planting is on the agenda for this fall.
The patio right off of my living room will definitely get a lot of use. I plan on putting a seating set out here so I can thoroughly enjoy this lovely space.
This raised brick planter sits outside the bedrooms. I’m pretty sure I’m going to use it for growing food but the verdict isn’t out on this 1 yet.
Another thing I like about this space is that it’s not too big neither is it too small. It give me enough to “play” in but won’t become a beast of burden. I was a professional gardener for years and now like to putz in the garden when I want to, not when I have too. And this garden is a haven for birds, butterflies, lizards and a Common Kingsnake who likes to hang out in the yucca by my front gate.
Of course I miss my old garden in Santa Barbara but I’m excited to work on this 1 and make it my own. I have plans which I’m formulating for my new desert garden, but that my friend is a whole separate post and video. I look forward to sharing my garden journey with you and I’m sure it will takes a few twists along the way!
Big hugs from my new garden to yours,
These Saguaros (there’s also a bigger 1 which you can’t see in this pic) grow just outside my walled garden. I’m happy to have them within sight!