Sombreuil Climbing Rose 1850

Tuesday, April 4, 2017


Dear Food & Flower Lovers and Friends,

Hold on to your wig hats because this email is chock full.  We're making up for lost time. It has been a while since you've received an email from us.  We have been busy behind the scenes making improvements to Tre Soli as well as to our business.  
We are so honored to have had you along for this ride.  Years before there were Slow, Local, and Organic  movements some of you were buying our foods and flowers.  For some of you it was a matter of consciousness, for others you just liked the scent or flavor or even the fact that you couldn't buy it anywhere else.  Some of you are Master Gardeners who like to support other Master Gardener's endeavors.  
What ever your reasons for coming to us for food, flowers or learning we are deeply grateful.  

So this is an update on what we've been up to and are planning.  
First we'll tell you about events where The Girls & Rose Ranglers will be this weekend.

The season is off to a running start.  Every day brings more roses blooming.  
Our first seasonal pop up market will be at 

9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

In addition to the art there will be a farmers market, food truck and garden demonstrations.  Check it out!
This is our third year at this market and The Girls always enjoy meeting new rose lovers 
and seeing their long time fans.
Roses prefer 45* to 65* to look their best and have a long vase life so try to visit us earlier rather than later  because The Girls want to look their best for you, so do the Rose Ranglers.  

The morning after The Girls and the Rose Ranglers will be heading to a new venue

9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Rose Ranglers have enjoyed shopping at the Singh Farm since it opened and now we are loving the fresh green Meadows.  We know some of you haven't made it to the new location but please don't let the change scare you off.  You won't believe the cool green view once you get there.  They have thoughtfully set out lawn games making it family friendly for all of the generations. The food is soo good that sometimes we forget to get the produce.  I've never had an onion focacia as addictive as theirs.  Even if you don't take home a few of The Girls you've got to come for breakfast or brunch at Singh Meadows.  
Check them out on Facebook.

We've teamed up with Jill Green from Sweet Life Backyard Farm & Orchard to teach occasionally from her place and at our place, Tre Soli.  Jill and I figured if we have questions and insecurities about gardening and farming there must be others.  These classes are intended to give hands on seasonal instruction on popular gardening activities.  We have had some really knowledgable dedicated growers join us so it has been great for us to learn from them.  We want to keep these small enough that you can maximize learning.  
Some of you have already joined us and we thank you for the great feedback.  

Jill and I are also available to come to you for personal and private consultations about your very specific growing needs.  We can both be contacted by email. 

Jill is your go to person for the Arcadia Edible GardenTour.  Tre Soli will not be on the tour this year.   We know that is where some of you first met us.  If you've never taken this tour I highly recommend that you do.  
Seeing all of the creative ways to grown on your own little piece of heaven in the desert is a treasure.  
Jill will have her delicious peaches for sale and we will be selling our flowers at the market at Sweet Life. 

8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

We have a long list of additional garden activities planned for the future, 
including making the Fruit Tree Allee available for small gatherings of eight or fewer.  You may bring a picnic breakfast, lunch or dinner or we can provide a light offering.  
You can request an educational component or not.

We get so many requests for tours behind the garden gate.  We appreciate your understanding that it takes away from the work that needs to be done but we do enjoy showing you around.  So we will have 
"Walk Abouts" and "Behind the Garden Gate" tours.  These will be 1 hour once or twice a month and you get to ask whatever you want.  Except in the "Winter" these will always be early in the morning to minimize time in the heat.

We want to let you know that we know that the blog has been a bit abandoned but we've been exploring a way to stay in touch and ride the social network while still having time to be growing our fruits and flowers.  INSTAGRAM is proving to be a quick and easy way to let you know "What's Up In & What's In Season".  We are  posting almost daily and sometimes more often.  After years of resistance we feel this is a fast easy way for you and for us to tell you what is available so please check us out on INSTAGRAM, really it is easy.

In the garden we have changed some of our emphasis.  There are so many wonderful growers of good clean food these days in our Valley of the Sun, even we have signed up for CSAs recently.  We have begun to turn some of our food growing beds into flower beds.  We will still have peaches and apples, plums, we'll never trade our fruit trees for anything else.  
Of course that includes the figs, herbs and too many tomatoes.  
But very few farmers are still growing flowers here so we are expanding that aspect of our growing.  

  For a better appreciation of flowers with a conscious, please click the links to articles about the 
SLOW FLOWERS and AMERICAN GROWN flower movements 
that are gathering steam around the country.  
For those of you who remember the flower growers down on Southern and Baseline you will learn what happened to all of those wonderful flower farms we loved to go to.

We are members of both Slow Flowers and American Grown but the Chief Rose Rangler is still trying to learn how to add the thingamajig and the whooziwhatsit icons so that you can quickly connect to them and Instagram. Not a Ludite, not a neophyte but growing is more in the Chief Rose Rangler's wheelhouse. 

WHEW!  You made it all the way to here.   We hope in bits and pieces so as to save your eye sight.  
We look forward to seeing you soon!

Friday, March 10, 2017


"Whatever you give a woman, she will make greater. If you give her sperm, she’ll give you a baby. If you give her a house, she’ll give you a home. If you give her groceries, she’ll give you a meal. If you give her a smile, she’ll give you her heart. She multiplies and enlarges what is given to her

And might we add…

If you give a woman seeds she'll grow you a garden, 

Abundant in fruits, and flowers to nourish all who come to her garden.

....So, if you give her any crap, be ready to receive a ton of shit!" Erick S.Gray

Friday, March 3, 2017


Roses can be a magnificent addition to any edible, cutting or viewing garden! 

If you have been thinking about adding roses to your garden, but aren't sure where to start you might want to join Jill and me at the Gardens at Tre Soli. We will show you how to choose and plant potted roses. Bare root vs potted vs bagged, mail order vs local nursery, own root or grafted, how deep, what kind of soil, what do you add to your soil and how much to water. 
Hands on planting included and there will be plenty of time for questions. 

Saturday, March 11th
9 to 10:30 
$20.00 For information and to RSVP (let us know before thursday the 9th) contact: 
Jill Green at jillgreen@cox.net
or Anne at azgardenfresh@gmail.com 
Class size is limited so please be sure to check with us if you would like to share or repost.

Friday, February 10, 2017


(we know you're out there)



Jill Green of Sweet Life Garden
Anne of Anne E's Garden Fresh 
are going to help you refine 
your annual rose pruning chores.


The Gardens at Tre Soli

We will have rose bushes planted in raised beds for 

For many of us it is practice that makes us comfortable & proficient with this garden chore
Each participant will have their own bush on which to work during the class
There will be plenty of time for questions & we will start on time

Topics to be covered are the Who, What, When, Why, How of healthy rose pruning
We will talk about various forms such as climbers, ramblers, trees and of course your basic shrub

Bring your favorite garden geek friend, and your "armour":
hand pruners & loppers, closed toe shoes, & sun protection
If you are doing this for the first time and do not yet have pruners and loppers 
you may try out our tools and we will talk about tools and their selection

For those who want to boldly go where best pruners do, gauntlet gloves are highly recommended

These are the leather or vegan leather gloves that go up to the elbow
Expensive but for many rose gardeners worth every penny.

For those who really want to move efficiently like a professional, head & eye protection is recommended

To prevent spread of disease all pruning blades will be bleached before and after each bush

It is always a good idea to sharpen or have your pruning blades sharpened 
and oiled before the season starts
Dull blades can rip and tear the rose flesh leading to an entry for diseases
A quick web search will lead you to businesses that sharpen blades
Sometimes these craftspeople are available farmer's markets

before noon Wednesday February15th


For those who haven't been to the Gardens at Tre Soli 
the address will be supplied when you reserve your place
Nearest cross streets are Scottsdale Rd & McCormick Parkway 
$15 Cash, check or Square will be accepted at the gate

*Light refreshments with garden twists are included*
For those without citrus trees some fresh picked will be for sale

Sunday, February 19
The Gardens at Tre Soli

Tuesday, May 24, 2016


Elsewhere out of the gardens Rose Ranglers have been on the roads and in the skies.  

Rose Ranglers have traveled to two Field to Vase dinners this year. 

"Field to Vase" dinners are held monthly around the county to gather American flower growers,
floral designers, florists and those who love them.

         Their aim is to raise the publics awareness of the source of the cut flowers that they purchase.

The dinners are held on a flower farm and help networking and promotion of flowers grown in America.

Usually these dinners are out in the fields, though that weekend due to threat of thunderstorms, 
it was moved into the beautiful "Blue Barn".

  These are some of the great photos taken at the Field to Vase dinner at the 
Arnosky Family Farms in Blanco, Texas.  

And Yes!  She is out standing in the fields!

In addition to the local flowers the food, wine, beer and entertainment are all local at
these delightful evenings.  

Singing, Dancing, Eating, Drinking all amidst the flowers!  Does it get any better that this?!

The thunderstorms passed early and the day was as sunny as this field of sunflowers

Tours of the farms are included so remember to wear appropriate shoes.  Due to earlier rains making it impossible to walk the fields, a barrier was laid to protect the soil and the walkers at this farm.

If you like great food, paired with local beverages, memorable people and supporting local flower growers and farmers then you can't miss with the "Field to Vase" dinner reservations.  It's slow food paired with Slow Flowers!  More on Slow Flowers in our next post.

Check out the website  http://www.americangrownflowers.org  to make reservations for a dinner that you may live near or be near your travels.

Many Field to Vase dinners are held in areas that make for a great travel itinerary.  This dinner was located in Texas Hill Country midway between Austin and San Antonio.  So go ahead.
Be a bit adventurous and make your reservations for a Field to Vase dinner soon!

Thursday, April 14, 2016


What's in Season Now

This must be the best season for the flowers we grow on our farm.  ROSES of course are abundant.  

The blossoms are soo big this year, because of the cool nights, we think.  

But additional stars are two annual blooms…LAVENDER 

Kiyah Loves flowers and fragrances but especially lavender.  She reminds us of the lovely bees who visit our farm.  They too bury themselves in the lavender.
At The Linen Tree Kiyah, Kendra and Greg can assist you in finding the perfect linens, table top,  bedding or gift …for you …or not.  

Say "Hi from the farm!" to the rose, lavender or jasmine girls that may be waving to you from the desk.



The Tre Soli Sons love Chinese Jasmine Tea.  We thought this photo of a jasmine bouquet a nice tribute to fond dinner memories. 

For those of you familiar with lavender and jasmine, you know that these two put out one big burst of blooms in the Spring and may toss a few more through the year.  Unlike our roses which bloom year round except when we prune them in the Winter dormancy.  

The lavender is renown for it's fresh and dried fragrance and beauty.  You can put it in drinks, foods, baths, beds, pillow, sachets, closets, drawers, flower crowns, scented candles,  perennial wreathes and perfumes,.  The versatility of lavender is perhaps unmatched in the flower and herb world.  

The jasmine on the other hand is usually left outside to it's climbing structures.   Not any more!  We have managed to work around their penchant for drooping as soon as they are cut off of their vines.  This is thrilling to us because now we can share their magnificent yet delicate perfume with each of you.  In years past only those fortunate enough to grow jasmine, and those they invited to come enjoy it with them, were lucky enough to relax with a crisp ice tea under the influence of jasmine wafts as Spring warms into Summer.  


Here's a peek at a lush bouquet of jasmine with roses.  Perhaps adding the roses was gilding the lilly but we just had to see how they got along.  There may only be 1-3 weeks left of jasmine bloom so contact us soon if you want some for yourself. 

So we've just toured the gardens at Tre Soli to see where all of these lovelies grew and to Savale Flowers and Antiques as well as The Linen Tree where some of our garden girls have traveled to.

Last Saturday we were excited to see so many of you come visit us at Berridge Nursery for Art in the Garden.  Berridge is where our rose growing was fist nurtured with antique roses we purchased back in 1990.  The Sombreuil rose featured at the top of our blog was purchased at Berridge.  Nine of them still grow in the Gardens at Tre Soli.  Much thanks to Christine Fortman and all of the staff who worked so hard to accommodate vendors and customers at the event.

We made a number of new friends and buckets of girls went home with old and new friends at the event.  One of our delightful new customers was Ana of UrbAna.  She posted her desk bouquet to Instagram and low and behold some of her followers showed up at Berridge Nursery's Art in the Garden to claim some rose girls for their own.  Thanks, everyone!  So after the event we just had to go to thank Ana.  WOW! Do we love UrbAna!  A darling yet classy shop all about entertaining at home…our favorite thing to do.  It is warmly open, and well stocked with a mix of simple, sublime, modern, chic, romantic.  And since a son of Tre Soli now has a son we were tickled to find some baby items.   check them out! 


We have to thank Jill from Sweet Life Garden for helping to get the girls ready on Friday as well as help set up and introduce visitors to the girls and how to garden.  Jill knows how to love the roses and fruit trees and chickens and goats and family like nobody we know.  She and her ever gracious and capable husband Hal can help you get your garden going.  Thanks to Hal also for lending to us his hands and his wife on Saturday.


Jill is not only "outstanding in her field" but one of the loveliest flowers we have the pleasure of knowing.  She invites you to experience the semi-annual Arcadia's Edible Tour on May 7.  This is the tour you may have been on a couple of years ago when The Gardens At Tre Soli were on the tour.


"Edible" is a most unique tour and opportunity to meet edible landscape owners and pick their brains.   The tour travels West to the revitalizing downtown urban farmers for some very special gardens this year.  This tour always sells out so get your tickets soon.  Weather permitting we will have some flower girls available at the Edible Tour Market for you to take home.  Do not miss the market either way because some of the best edibles in the Valley of the Sun are only available at this market!  (I'm talking about you Rebecca's vinaigrette).  Rebecca is one-third of the partners of My Farmyard who are the cosponsors of the Edible tour.  


Another "desktop bouquet".   This one at Savale Flowers and Antiques, where you can pop in to pick up our flowers to take to your desk top or gift to a co-worker or boss.  You may want to call ahead to assure they have what you want.  You can special order from us and pick at Savale
in Old Town Scottsdale.

Once a year Fresh Jasmine with Seasonal Roses