Not sure what will grow in Arizona?

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The new 2012 USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map is the standard by which gardeners and growers can determine which plants are most likely to thrive at a location. The map is based on the average annual minimum winter temperature, divided into 10-degree F zones.

The Phoenix valley has been assigned two zones, roughly the area east of 17 and south to the I-10 falls within the 10a zone which has an average minimum winter cold of from 30-35 degrees F, west of 17 the zone is a bit cooler with lows of from 25 to 30 and is designated as zone 9b. 

No posters of the new USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map have been printed. But state, regional, and national images of the map can be downloaded and printed in a variety of sizes and resolutions.

The Sunset magazine has assigned the section of Arizona surrounding the Phoenix valley  a 13 designation, using a range of temperature wider than the USDA scale. We will refer to the Sunset magazine planting times and tips because we receive their information monthly while only annually do we hear from the USDA!  

All of the Arizona zones are subject to extreme temperature variations for short periods, and any home gardener must pay attention to the weatherman and protect plants that are supposed to survive any given temperature either high or low.  

Get out and get cycling

My husband Rick is a cyclist.  He heads out early every weekend and rides for several hours, many times getting 70+ miles in during the ride. That isn’t exactly my idea of fun, but for him, he loves it.  I am the one with the cruiser.  I am more likely to stop and take a photo along the ride to catch my breath.  Luckily we live in Scottsdale and we are both in great shape for going on a ride.

Scottsdale is being awarded the Gold Designation from The League of American Bicyclists.  There are only 14 Gold Designated cities in the country, and the highest level of Platinum has been given to only 3 cities.

So why is Scottsdale so bike friendly; with 112 miles of bike routes, 124 miles of bike lanes, and my favorite, the 119 miles of paved bike paths as well as 218 miles of unpaved trails, is it any wonder that Scottsdale is a bicyclist’s paradise.  Whatever your preference!

So with cooler weather here, hop on your bike and explore the area!

Pickle Ball? Pickleball? Pick el ball?

What is Pickleball?

At last I found out!  Pickleball is a combination of tennis, badminton and ping pong!

The court is a badminton size, can be on an indoor  basketball type surface, or an outdoor tennis court surface.  The paddle is wooden and slightly larger than a ping pong paddle the ball is a plastic base ball with holes in it!

The game is played with rules all it’s own with underhand serves, a no-volley zone, and an enthusiasm equaling the Wimbledon players.

All of the courts I have seen so far are in the 55+ Active Adult Communities.

In fact, Surprise was just the host for this year’s  Canyon State Championship games.

The sport attracts tennis players who have done in their knees or elbows with its’  no-volley zone and other rules making it a game of precision and patience instead of strength and endurance.   Might even be a sport for non-athletic types.  

PFChangs rock and Roll attitude

PFChangs rock and Roll attitude

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I wish I could get out to the festivities this weekend. I have clients in from out of state and will be missing it.

The PF Changs Rock and Roll Marathon is always fun to participate in as well as encouraging the athletes. With the same 6 bands returning again this year, the course will keep you moving. The post race concert is featuring Everclear and should finish out the afternoon with a splash.

Come out and cheer these amazing athletes on! Check out the spectator info, and there may still be time for you to volunteer and help out. It takes a ton of volunteers to make an event like this one come together.

Have fun!

Happy New Years!

Welcoming in 2010, there are a few big events to consider bringing in the New Year!

Besides these events there are many, much more intimate gatherings.  Check with your favorite restaurant or club to see what they have planned.

And have a very Happy New Year!

Renovations at the Scottsdale Pavilions

pavillionsThe Scottsdale Pavilions shopping center is being renovated.  YIPEE!  It was purchased in January of this year by De Rito Partners Development and all it takes is a drive thru the center to see the changes being made.  New paint, resurfacing of the parking lots, and a whole new look.

I recently received a post card asking for me to complete their web based survey.  It takes about 10 min.  The asked about different stores, events and changes I would like to see, as well as what businesses I currently use most often.  I was happy to see they are going to address the dip in the intersection at Pima and Indian Bend as part of the update.

If you live in the neighborhood, take a few min, give your feedback, and as a bonus you will receive 2 movie tickets.

 

Mighty Mud Mania

I missed it.  I forgot to add it to my calendar and totally missed the Might Mud Mania in Chaparral Park.  The event initially was created by "Shout It Out" stain remover.  When the Arizona mud was too much for the spot remover, SC Johnson who makes Shout, never returned.  The City of Scottsdale found the event to be very successful and incorporated it into their summer activity program. The event is for the kids, but looks like the adults are having just as much fun. 

The Camelback Walk

The Camelback Walk is a multi-use path that is available to anyone.  It meanders behind the communities, along the parks, golf courses, lakes and commercial areas.  It is one added bonus of living in McCormick Ranch.

 

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So easy to get almost everywhere

101_1017 It is so easy to get to so many places from Arizona and Scottsdale.  It is one of the many things I love about this area.  With a relatively easy drive of under 7 hrs you can get to San Diego, Las Vegas, Sedona, Flagstaff, The Grand Canyon, Rocky Point Mexico, or  Disneyland, to name a few.  With a few more hours in the car, or better yetSedona-view, a quick flight you can get to New Mexico, Salt Lake City, Colorado, Dallas and San Francisco.  Yes, the east coast is a bit of a haul, I like the west it has so much to offer, see & do. 

 

 

 

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Scottsdale shopping center gets a facelift

The Albertsons shopping center on the corner of Hayden and Indian School Road, is getting a face lift.  The shopping center has a few great food stops, Sakana for sushi, Mrs Goldmans for deli food, Subway for sandwiches on the run, Boston Market, Crust, and a couple of  others as well as a great nail salon, UPS store, Data Doctors, the Scottsdale Running Company and more.  Lots of great places in this small shopping corner.scottsdale shopping center