Archive for the ‘wildlife’ Category

What’s in a Name? Actually, a LOT!

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014 Posted in botany, hummingbirds, native plants, perennials, wildlife | 4 Comments »

Hummingbird bush. Can we even count how many plants have that name? Well, here’s one: Dicliptera suberecta. Indeed, its summer flowers do attract hummingbirds. Dicliptera is also called Mexican honeysuckle. Ah, and SO is Justicia spicigera. Neither are honeysuckle vines; perhaps the ...

Bromeliads, No-Lawn Design, Plant Secrets

Thursday, July 24th, 2014 Posted in books, botany, bottle trees, bromeliads, garden art, garden rooms, garden structure, house plants, lawn replace, plant propagation, vegetables, wildlife | 2 Comments »

Ever noticed how some plants turn their flower heads to the sun? Daphne explains this phenomenon: heliotropism or phototropism. “Basically, certain cells in the plant, like in sunflowers, at the base of the flower, respond to the blue wavelength of ...

Express Yourself + Pond from Swimming Pool

Thursday, May 1st, 2014 Posted in Vines, bees, garden art, garden structure, habitat, house plants, plant propagation, ponds, water features, wildlife | 6 Comments »

Like the paint and furniture we pick inside, gardens are snapshots of ourselves. I like bold surprises, so am thrilled that Amaryllis ‘San Antonio Rose’ joined the bulb parade this week. I wish I were indeed bold enough to paint my ...

Wild Ideas for You + Luci & Ian Family Garden

Thursday, April 24th, 2014 Posted in Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Techniques, Tours, bees, children, destinations, lawn replace, native plants, wildflowers, wildlife | 6 Comments »

We’re not all so lucky to have a wildflower front yard scented with acres of bluebonnets and Indian paintbrush! At least I get a wildflower pop driving home every day past the Mueller prairie strip along I-35. Most of us can’t have ...