Why Plant in October in Arizona?

October is Planting Season in Arizona
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October is Time to Plant in the Desert Landscape

Thinking about planting but not sure if this is the right time? October is considered the second planting season in Tucson.  Spring is ideal but plants do well in the fall too.  Want to get some autumn color?  There are lots of great plants to get that red, buy viagra find orange, viagra sales and yellow associated with the fall and the color changes of the trees back east.  These plants do great in Tucson and can give you that autumn color:

Orange Jubilee (Tecoma hybrid) – A large shrub that grows fast to a size of 8’x 6’, it is semievergreen with orange trumpet like clusters.  There are no thorns and only moderate litter.  It also attracts hummingbirds. (Shown Above)

Red Justicia (Justicia candicans) – This moderate growing shrub grows to a sprawling 3’x 3’ size.  It is evergreen with bright red flowers that show from the fall through the spring.  This is a low litter plant with no thorns.  It works well in containers and attracts hummingbirds.

Desert Marigolds (Baileya multiradiata) – Of course our list would not be complete without including this fast growing 1’x 1’ perennial native to the Southwest.  It grows well from seed and provides yellow daisylike flowers almost year round.  It reseeds easily and gives you a long period of color.

These are just a few great choices for planting in Tucson.  Get other great ideas from the Arizona Municipal Water Users Association website plant list.  All plants listed on their website are low water use plants.  And, remember, always plant the right plant in the right place!


Did You Know? Columbus Day is sometimes referred to as “Discoverer’s Day”.

Some key facts (in case you forgot them since grade school):

  • Columbus Discovered America in 1492. He originally set sail on August 3, 1492, but had trouble with the ships, stopping at the Canary Islands for a month. The ships left the Canary Islands on September 3,1492.
  • He travelled with three ships: the Nina, the Pinta and the Santa Maria
  • While Columbus was an Italian, he could not find funding in Italy, so he turned to the King of Spain. King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella provided the funding.
  • Christopher Columbus did not land on the U.S. mainland. He landed on an island in the Caribbean. While many believe he landed on San Salvador, there is still debate on which island he originally landed on.

Information from www.holidayinsights.com


Roasted Red Pepper Deviled Eggs
Halloween Recipe


  • 8 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup drained and chopped jarred roasted red peppers
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika, plus more for sprinkling
  • Salt and pepper
  • 3 chives, cut into 16 1/2-inch pieces
  • Preparation

  • 1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat. Gently lower eggs into water, return to a boil and reduce heat to a low simmer. Cook eggs 11 minutes, drain and place in a large bowl of ice water. Cool completely, at least 10 minutes.
  • 2. Crack eggs and carefully peel under cool running water. Slice in half lengthwise, scoop out yolks and place them in a food processor with peppers, mayonnaise, mustard and paprika. Cover and refrigerate whites. Process yolk mixture until smooth; taste and season with salt and pepper.
  • 3. Transfer yolk mixture to a pastry bag fitted with a large round tip or a large ziplock bag. If using a bag, squeeze out air, seal and snip off a corner. Pipe about 1 Tbsp. filling into center of each egg white, to resemble a pumpkin. Set a piece of chive diagonally into filling to resemble a stem. Sprinkle yolks with paprika. Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate for up to a day.

Recipe from www.myrecipes.com

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