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Garden with Ponds + Homemade Bamboo Shoots

First, on a quick spin around my garden, Peter’s Purple bee balm popped out to cheer on returning hummingbirds! Angelica pachycarpa in a shady bed is about to retire until next winter, but not before feeding a few pollinators. Plumbago and a new, native white mistflower (Ageratina havanensis) will take over when it goes underground. | read more →

Annual, Perennial Wildlife Raves

What a color! I’ve had 7 years of good luck with my experiment, ‘Linda,’ an Asiatic lily I couldn’t resist for its intensity and as I’ve discovered, tenacity. Until I find a spot for a retama (Parkinsonia aculeata), I’m glad my neighbor did. And so are the bees! Photo bombing on the right is Texas | read more →

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Make a Splash for Wildlife with Ponds

air date: May 23, 2015

Whatever your design style, ponds are instant stress relief and wildlife draws. BJ Jenkins previews the 2015 Austin Pond Society tour to meet ponders and gardeners for DIY tips. Head to Liberty Hill where Alicia Froelich and Paul Ortner stretch out by their home built pond to watch the wildlife in a serene outdoor living room. On Down to Earth with Daphne, find out why a rose suddenly changes color. Plant of the Week is bold and beautiful crinum lily, a drought-tough perennial that blooms in summer heat. On Backyard Basics, Trisha Shirey turns that pesky running bamboo into delicious, homemade bamboo shoots.

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May To Do List

This month's tips for how to care for your plants, pruning, fertilizing, lawn care, and preping for your garden. Read the entire to do list.

Plant of the Week

POW Crinum Web

Crinum Lily

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