Archive for the ‘wildlife’ Category

Tricky Plants + Tricky Pruning

Thursday, February 13th, 2014 Posted in Nurseries, aquaponics, garden projects, garden structure, lawn replace, native plants, perennials, pruning, wildlife | 12 Comments »

Ready, set, prune! At least some plants, that is, like my mushy crinums, sprouting already. This week, Daphne tidies up with tips on what we can prune and when. I’ve already cut back zexmenia and other natives that look crunchy. ...

A New Look at Grass

Thursday, February 6th, 2014 Posted in Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Texas A&M, birds, deer, destinations, groundcovers, habitat, lawn replace, native plants, pests, prairie, wildlife | 6 Comments »

My journey as a lawn whittler started long ago when I wanted visual sensation through plants that bring wildlife right to my garden doorstep. [caption id="attachment_11223" align="alignnone" width="530" caption="Texas betony and Golden groundsel"][/caption] I still have some lawn, but it’s whittled to ...

Are You Afraid of Butterflies?

Thursday, October 10th, 2013 Posted in Summer plants, books, butterflies, drought, early spring flowers, fall plants, garden design, habitat, lawn replace, native plants, shade plants, trees, wildlife | 4 Comments »

Lepidopterophobia: Fear of butterflies. Hmm, hard to imagine. I DO know that caterpillars scare the garden pants off some folks. But the stork didn’t bring this Swallowtail larva to the dill at Travis County Extension. Another fear: tidiness in all ...

National Butterfly Center, icebox pickles, sun scald, habitat makeover

Thursday, September 19th, 2013 Posted in annuals, bees, birds, butterflies, destinations, drought, fall plants, habitat, lawn replace, recipes, trees, wildlife | 4 Comments »

Before we head to the garden, let’s go to the kitchen, where Trisha makes absolutely delish easy icebox pickles! I couldn’t resist making a batch, flavored with garlic, hot peppers, and some really good dill seed from Penzeys’ Austin location. Oops, ...