Things to notice:
If you’re in a low desert region, look for cyclamen, primroses, pansies, and violas to add a bit of color to your winter landscape. In colder high desert areas, you can still create a winter wonderland with the lights of Southwest luminarias.

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Do you celebrate the holidays with a live tree? Search for an Aleppo or Mondale pine, which can be planted after the holidays as part of a low water-use landscape.

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Take time out from hustle and bustle of the holidays. Sit around an outdoor fire pit and look at the stars. The Geminid meteor showers peak around mid-month.

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Winter solstice may be the shortest day of the year, but gardeners should take heart knowing that spring is not far away!

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Christmas cactus, Schlumbergera truncata

 

“One of the most delightful things about a garden is the anticipation it provides.” –W.E. Johns

Things to do:
Time to pick your pecans!

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Pinch your chrysanthemums back to encourage spring bloom.

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December is the perfect time to design a new landscape plan and make structural improvements to your garden.

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Make sure that indoor plants are getting enough sunlight and water. Keep a watch for insects—with the heat on, they can multiply quickly.

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Keep your bird feeders filled.

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Don’t forget gardening when you make out your holiday gift list!