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Pond Romance

And so, Texas weird weather continues! Cloudy days signaled asters to bloom, right alongside eyelash salvia (Salvia blepharophylla). My 2-year-old front yard bed has finally filled in. Bees and butterflies found paradise in this fall- meets-spring explosion. Self-seeded rock rose (Pavonia lasiopetala) chimes in with winecups, Salvia greggii, snake herb (Dyschoriste linearis), larkspur, mountain pea, | read more →

Art Meets Horticulture + Fort Hood Community Gardens

In our gardens, we’re all performance artists where we and nature converse. Always, abutilon’s exquisite tiny lanterns captivate me, especially ‘Patrick’s’ abutilon. How did this pattern come to be? Combining the art of weaving with garden design, San Marcos textile artist Lydia Kendrick promotes vertical attention with richly colored tapestries. Some she crafts from yarn | read more →

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Make a Splash

encore air date: May 19, 2016

original air date: May 21, 2016

Want wildlife? Add water! Bj Jenkins and Ted Paone preview 2016’s Austin Pond Society tour where ponds tiny and big prompt outdoor living and wildlife watching. On tour, Barbara and David Hale created an everyday vacation destination in their shady backyard with ponds, waterfall and palapa. Daphne Richards answers: what’s wrong with my oak tree leaves?  Go for bold with Plant of the Week Moy Grande hibiscus, sporting flowers the size of dinner plates. Trisha Shirey’s got sage advice on how to grow persnickety sage to flavor our recipes and bring on the bees.

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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.