It’s late December, and yes, it’s been a bit cold – even for Tucson standards.
Actually, too cold, if you ask me.
But in the next coming days it’s going to be spectacular. It’s the reason why many of us don’t leave the Old Pueblo. It’s going to be sunny skies, with temperatures in the mid-70s.
It means only one thing: it’s also a perfect time to get out and plant some winter-hardy things.
There’s plenty out there and we have it all at Rillito Nursery. First, it’s perfect for the deciduous fruit and shade trees. And it’s also time to plant wildflower seeds – adding a little color to the spring when it comes time.
If you want color now, look to the rosemary, photinia, nandina (Heavenly Bamboo) and yellow bush daisy. All can eventually turn into large shrubs and be can be pruned to the size you eventually want. They can handle the toughest Tucson winters and the hot summers (don’t forget to water!).
And also at this time of year, there are the winter annuals: pansies, petunias, snapdragons, stock and geraniums … just to name a few.
While you’re in the store just ask us if you have any thoughts on what’s good to go right now. We have your answers.
We hope you have enjoyed the gift-giving season and getting ready for a good, safe New Year.