Archive for the ‘wildlife’ Category

Commander Ben, Teenaged Invasive Plant Warrior + Benini

Thursday, September 12th, 2013 Posted in Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, compost, destinations, garden art, house plants, invasive plants, perennials, trees, wildlife | 7 Comments »

When I started gardening, ligustrums, nandinas, and Japanese honeysuckle were common garden fare. No question that they thrive under tough conditions, but they also swallow up diverse native plants that support our wildlife. Even before destructive exotic invasives hit the ...

Cute Overload That Matters: Kids & Wildlife

Thursday, June 13th, 2013 Posted in Insects, Late spring flowers, Summer plants, children, crafts, garden bloggers, garden designers, garden projects, habitat, herbs, native plants, perennials, recipes, wildlife | 4 Comments »

I’ve never been afraid of spiders since I read Charlotte’s Web as a kid. In fact, I veer around their intricate knitting so I don’t mess it up. Selfishly I hope the spiders mess it up themselves with a few leaf-footed ...

Minus Lawn Equals Plus

Thursday, April 4th, 2013 Posted in Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Late spring flowers, annuals, bees, birds, books, bulbs, compost, early spring flowers, fertilizing, garden bloggers, garden designers, garden structure, keyhole gardens, lawn replace, master gardeners, native plants, organic fertilizers, perennials, poppies, roses, vegetables, wildlife | 10 Comments »

My knee can tell you how much grass I’ve dug up over time! My shovel moans, too, if we count the holes we’ve dug to fill the blanks. Actually, one shovel committed suicide. The pain is worth the gain, like ...

Drought disasters to avoid

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013 Posted in Summer plants, Techniques, butterflies, deer, drought, garden design, garden designers, habitat, lawn replace, native plants, shade plants, trees, wildlife | 15 Comments »

Drought doesn’t scare me to pieces. My plants have been through it all and always come back for more. Yes, I do water some, but not outrageously. I avoid thirsty ones and go for those that can take our brutal ...