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George and his friend Al Weichold kept honey bees in the Phoenix, Arizona area from about 1966 to about 1992. During that time they learned a lot about how to produce honey in Arizona.

One of the secrets of producing honey was to follow the "honeyflow" which is the opening of the flowers that produced the nectar that the bees turned into honey. Thus, George and Al had to know the flowering plants of Arizona and when the flowering plants would bloom. They also had to know which plants would not produce honey.

George also taught High School Life Science and Environmental Science from 1983 until 2003 in the Phoenix Area. Part of his class that he taught was the "Merriam Life Zones Of Arizona" in which the living organisms in the areas are determined by the factors of temperature and available water which are also influenced by the various elevations found within the State Of Arizona.

In 1889 C. Hart Merriam studied the distribution patterns of plants and animals in a broad swathe from the lower elevations of the Grand Canyon to the top of Humphreys Peak (elevation 12, 760 ft) in the San Francisco Mountains near Flagstaff, Arizona. Based on his observations in the field, Merriam developed the concept of a Life Zone, a belt of vegetation and animal life that is similarly expressed with increases in altitude and increases in latitude.

These Life Zones (sometimes called "Vegetative Communities") are unique groupings of plants and animals based on elevation. These communities take into account the fact that for every 1000 feet gain in elevation the temperature drops 3 degrees F and the precipitation increases as well. The plants and animals you'll likely encounter in the life zone depends upon the varying elevations as you climb up a mountain or "sky island" in Arizona such as the Santa Catalina Mountains. Keep in mind that what you will see when you visit each vegetative community is dependent on the season of the year and the amount of precipitation for that year.

Over the years Merriam's Life Zones have been changed and modified as new information has been researched and revealed. But, they are basically the same as when Merriam did his original work on the subject.

George will present on the following pages what he has learned about flowering plants in Arizona as a Beekeeper and Life Science Instructor. No attempt is being made here to present a detailed scientific page on the subject. Every plant in Arizona will not be shown. George hopes that these pages might be simply of interest to anyone who wants to learn about the beautiful wildflowers and plants of Arizona.

Over the past fifty years Phoenix has became less agricultural and more urban. Therefore some of the photos on this page will also show how native plants and some not so native plants are used in todays Xeriscape (low water use) landscaping in Arizona.

It may be of interest to know that many of the non native plants that are growing in Arizona were introduced from Australia.

George still spends the winters in the Glendale area, in an urban neighborhood about a quarter mile from where he kept his bees. George never thought that population changes would have effected the Glendale and Peoria area as much as it has done! Glendale and Peoria have certainly grown.

People now are afraid of Honeybees. Laws have been passed outlawing beekeeping in urban areas.

Good News ! George has started up keeping bees again. He hopes to have some fresh honey soon!

Eve DeLange also is very interested in keeping bees. George calls Eve, the "Queen Bee !"

George often wonders; since bees are absolutely necessary for much of our food production, what will be our future without bees? Another practice that he wonders about is that over the 68 years he has lived in the Greater Phoenix Area, almost all of the very rich agricultural land has been covered with cement and buildings as the area has grown. Where will our food come from?

And, do we have enough water to continue building lakes, swimming pools, golf courses, and landscaping on our urban areas the way that we are now doing? Even though the winter of 2004, the spring of 2005, and Jaunary of 2010 have been some of the wettest seasons we have ever had in our recorded history, we are still considered to be in a time of drought!

George hopes it will all work out. Only time will tell!

THE 2014 WILDFLOWER PREDICION:

Arizona has two major wildflower seasons every year; with the Spring Wildflower Season usually during March to May, and the Summer Wildflower Season from July through September. Then there is a blooming season for a few flowers, during the fall.

However, some wildflowers can usually be found at other times of the year . Depending upon local temperatures.

Rainfall has a lot to do with our wildflower season. In the Phoenix area, the driest weather is during May & June when an average of about 3 mm (0.1 in) of rainfall (precipitation) occurs.

The abundance of wild flowers in the deserts of Arizona, in the spring, is largely determined by the amount of rainfall during the winter of the prior year and the early spring of the present year.


The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has released their winter outlook for the months of December, January and February of 2014.


The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) creates forecasts of weather patterns, based on various models.

They say that the chances of having rainfall in the Southwest, the Southern Rockies, & Southern California are Below - Median.

They say that the temperatures will be Above - Median.

George DeLange says, "as of today, January 271, 2014; these predictions seem to be holding out."


Here is a short weather prediction of the Phoenix, Arizona area. During the early part of 2012 from the National Weather Service Phoenix AZ.


Below-median precipitation is likely for Oregon, California, western Nevada, southern Arizona and southwestern New Mexico. ENSO conditions remain near-neutral.

Tropical sub-seasonal oscillations (the Madden-Julian Oscillation (MJO)) are moderately strong, and are likely to continue.

The Arctic Oscillation is predicted to be negative during the next 2 weeks.


THE OLD FARMER'S ALMANAC PREDICTIONS, for the time period of January 2014 to March 3rd, 2014 are:

These are for the Southwest U.S for January 1st, 2014 - March 3rd, 2014. They Include California, Nevada, Utah, & Arizona.

January 2014:

1st-3rd. Variable cloudiness; few passing showers. Mixed clouds, sun for Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena.

4th-7th. Partly sunny.

8th-11th. Pacific storm spreads precipitation east across the region.

12th-15th. More showers.

16th-19th. Rainy skies.

20th-23rd. Rain (over higher terrain) wet snow.

24th-27th. Partly sunny.

28th-31st. Dry weather.

February 2014:

1st-3rd. Heavy mountain snows Pacific Coast, Western Rockies into Arizona.

4th-7th. Milder with a few residual showers.

8th-11th. Partly sunny; cool.

12th-15th. Milder temperatures return.

16th-19th. Warm and continued dry.

20th-23rd. Clear and warm.

24th-28th. Precipitation spreads from the Pacific: rain and (over higher terrain) wet snow.

March 2014:

1st-3rd. Snow or (over valleys and coastal plain) rain, then clearing, cold.

George says, "as of today in January 27, 2014; these predictions seem to be holding out."


GEORGE'S 2014 WILDFLOWER BLOOM PREDICTION:

Note: This Is Subject To Change As We Move Closer To The Season.

We will have a Below Average Blooming Season


Remember, several plants found in the early blooming, lower elevation, Sonoran Desert or Mohave Desert can be found blooming at later times in the other elevations of the Merrium Life Zones of Arizona. So, if you miss the blooming time of any of these plants, just wait 15-45 days and look for them at higher elevations. You probably will be able to see them!

The following cities and organizations in the Valley Of The Sun or Phoenix Metropolitan Area are supporting Xeriscape (low water use) Landscaping and offer advice, booklets, and cash incentives worth several hundred dollars.

Chandler; 480-782-3580, Gilbert; 480-503-6098, Glendale; 623-930-3596, Goodyear; 623-932-1637, Mesa; 480-644-3306, Peoria; 623-773-7286, Phoenix; 602-261-8367, Scottsdale; 480-312-5650, Tempe; 480-350-2668, Arizona Municipal Water Users Association; 602-248-8482.

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