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Notable natives

Thursday, October 4th, 2012 Posted in Insects, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Native Plant Week, Nurseries, Techniques, bees, birds, butterflies, fall plants, fruit trees, garden bloggers, garden design, lawn replace, native plants, trees, wildflowers, wildlife | 4 Comments »

Even though rain and sweet cool days perked things up, I know that fall is here when my self-seeded goldenrods start blooming. Soon, they’ll be clustered with butterflies, bees and little wasps. They’re already heading to the shrub/small tree Barbados cherry ...

Keyhole gardens, Oak leaf galls, Gabriel Valley Farms, Drying herbs

Thursday, September 20th, 2012 Posted in Insects, Nurseries, bulbs, container gardens, crafts, drought, fall plants, herbs, keyhole gardens, native plants, trees, wildlife | 2 Comments »

First, I have to admit: I’m a bulb freak. I’d buy a thousand more if I could. Instead, I divide my naturalizing wealth and then forget where I planted them. That’s okay, because garden surprises like these oxblood lilies are ...

Make a Fall Resolution to Get Growing!

Thursday, September 6th, 2012 Posted in Insects, Seeds, Vines, bulbs, children, community gardens, crafts, destinations, disease, garden design, garden projects, lawn replace, urban farms, wildlife | 6 Comments »

It’s a sure sign that fall is really coming when Oxblood lilies bloom! Mine started showing up two weeks early near the  patio Turk's cap, thanks to the bit of rain I got. We’re finally turning the corner, folks. So, that ...

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 ...