A year ago after months of planning (translation: arguing), my husband took charge of the project to add color to our back-yard landscaping. He and Cesar Perez from Ground Support Services worked well together (no interference from the wife). They did, however, make sure one of my requests was remembered: adding more roses.
I had to admit…..my husband did a great job with execution, and at the end of last summer, our yard looked great— and not sparse at all, considering the many new plants. Now, it’s spring….and what a pleasure.
Las Vegas in the spring showcases different blooms than we typically saw in the midwest. However, the plants and flowers that do well in hot climates start showing their colors in the spring. The feeling of renewal is still strong. Every morning, I walk the yard looking at whatever new is happening. I’m joined by a host of honeybees who are having a field day with the newborn very sweet blooms…not all of which last into the summer.
Even a trip to a favorite landscaping superstore, the Green Valley Star Nursery, is particularly fun in the spring. The place is packed with product. (Star Nursery has eight locations in the Las Vegas valley.) Green Valley Manager Sarah McConnell says yes, spring is their busiest season.
When I have questions about our landscape, I consult the Nevada Gardener’s Guide by Linn Mills & Dick Post. I’m also an avid listener to KNPR radio and its “desert gardener” Norm Schilling, of the Schilling Horticulture Group, Inc. And of course, I also consult information on the internet.
Hope you enjoy the accompanying pictures, most of which were taken in our yard.