My father is in town right now and it has been very busy. But as many of you know, Tucson had a huge snow storm come our way. In fact, it was the first big one I've ever seen here.
Tucson gardeners must wait until March 15th to prune their plants back because of strange weather events like this one. While it didn't freeze here, the snow did kill some leaves back.
I was tired of bringing my big camera. So instead, I used my cell phone to get these shots. We headed over to Saguaro National Park and drove the 9 mile loop stopping every once and awhile for some lovely views.
Of course, I blame my Dad for bringing this weather with him from Wisconsin. But then again, it was nice to have a snow day:)
People often ask me why Saguaros stop growing at a certain altitude on our mountains. It's as if there was an invisible line that said, "No Saguaros beyond this point!" Here's the reason. Saguaros can handle some snow but they can't endure long freezes. Now we do get to freezing temps here in the desert during our winter but not long enough to harm this cactus. Long sustained freezes, however, are another story. And that's why Saguaro stop growing after a certain point on our mountains. Too cold.
But the snow would come and go on this day of winter magic.
But remember, don't prune your plants back yet Tucson! You must wait:) I know you're dying to do it. I know I am......but spring is just around the corner and March will be here soon enough. Which of course means.....wildflower season, hummingbirds, butterflies, the dry heat??!! Well, let's not rush it. Stay warm:) Until next time.....