Archive for the ‘Insects’ Category

Fuzzy Wuzzy Plants

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012 Posted in Insects, Summer plants, bees, birds, butterflies, caterpillars, companion plants, lawn replace, native plants | 8 Comments »

When it’s hot enough to scald our eyeballs walking across the street, garden fuzzie wuzzies tame our steaming souls.  Doesn’t this downy silk make you feel cooler already? As you can imagine, the purpose behind this floss inside milkweeds (Asclepia) is ...

Garden Psychology: What Does Your Garden Say About You?

Thursday, July 19th, 2012 Posted in Insects, annuals, bees, butterflies, garden design, lawn replace, philosophy, recipes, vegetables | 14 Comments »

“Show me your garden and I shall tell you what you are.” Alfred Austin Like our home’s interior, our gardens reflect our essential selves at truly ground level. What do our gardens say about us? Risk or safety (the gambler in ...

Garden fireworks!

Thursday, July 5th, 2012 Posted in Insects, Summer plants, firewise gardens, garden design, garden designers, native plants, patio plants, trees, wildlife | 14 Comments »

To celebrate red, white and blue this week, my new blue gazing ball glows against firecracker red Turk’s cap! White native Plumbago scandens droops over soft leaf yucca (Yucca recurvifolia). Non-native blue plumbago (Plumbago auriculata) sparked some attention from this Snowberry Clearwing ...

Texas Tall Tales: insects, design, and a story for the whole family!

Thursday, June 28th, 2012 Posted in Insects, bees, books, butterflies, children, compost, garden design, native plants, roses | 4 Comments »

Texas doesn’t wimp around. We’re in a state of perpetual extremes: weather, flowering cycles, and insects. One giant you’re lucky to find in your compost pile are these guys, like in Daphne’s healthy compost bin. This week, Daphne introduces us to ...