A real show stopper when planted in masses in the garden, spring-blooming Parry penstemon sports light to dark pink flowers on 3-4 foot flower stalks. Not only is it attractive in bloom, it is also easy to care for. An added feature is the tubular shape of the flowers which are perfect for attracting hummingbirds. Parry penstemon grows along washes, on desert slopes, and in canyons in southern Arizona and in Sonora, Mexico, generally at elevations from 1500-5000 feet. You occasionally see it in masses in the wild, but it is more common to see one or two plants here and there. This area is irrigated, which allows for abundant spreading as the plants drop their seeds each year.
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February 21st, 2012 by pattiebell
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December 21st, 2011 by pattiebell
Every year I adopt one and enjoy the process of seeing it burst into bloom. This year’s may be a record breaker ~ SEVEN blossoms at once!
I have to keep adjusting it’s stance just to prevent it from toppling over.
December 20th, 2011 by pattiebell
Light, minty meringues, with their cheerful red swirls…what’s not to like?!
I just followed the recipe. Here’s the link. Lots of other good cookie offerings there as well.
August 2nd, 2011 by pattiebell
Cream 2 sticks room temperature butter with 1/2 cup white sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract. Gradually blend in about 2 cups unbleached flour until dough pulls together and is soft and smooth and no longer sticky. Form into a ball and cut in half. Pat each half into a buttered 9 inch pie pan until flat and even. With the tines of a fork score the edges all around. Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes until golden. As soon as you remove the pans from the oven, cut each into 12 wedges and poke the decorative holes with fork tines. Allow to cool. Can be stored in pans tightly wrapped for a few days at room temperature.
You can experiment with adding different extracts, zests, spices and nuts for a variety of flavors and textures. Or not. Either way, enjoy the buttery crunchiness of this lovely traditional shortbread!
June 28th, 2011 by pattiebell
Apparently the egg is malleable enough that the hatchlings can peck a semi-circle and squeeze out without breaking the shell. This was dry and firm when I found it. We have not had nearly as many quail babies this year as last, but a couple families are passing through regularly. We had to give up the quail seed blocks because the javelina were devouring them in a matter of days!
June 21st, 2011 by pattiebell
Air conditioned splendor…
Tropical Fruit Smoothies and Ranch House Breakfast Chilequiles with Pumpkin Corn Muffins…Homemade Spicy Mexican Brownies with Prickly Pear Lemonade…
All this starting at $89 a night? It’s true, this is Summer in Tucson!
June 6th, 2011 by pattiebell
June 6th, 2011 by pattiebell
February 20th, 2009 by pattiebell
El Rancho Merlita is to be a feature property on the Tucson Treasures show by KMSB Fox 11 AZ. Rancho Merlita is a tucson gem, and will soon be open to the public as a Bed & Breakfast. The Rancho Merlita Ranch House living room is pictured below (click photo to enlarge).
In order to serve our guests better we would like to create a Tucson Treasures blog. What treasures have we discovered in Tucson and highly recommend? Read our blog posts to find out…