Archive for the ‘Insects’ Category

Wicked (and wonderful) Bugs

Thursday, June 21st, 2012 Posted in Insects, Texas A&M, books, butterflies, garden design, garden designers, master gardeners, native plants, plant propagation, pruning, succulents | 7 Comments »

We’ve been invaded! At least temporarily. This week on CTG, Daphne identifies the culprit: the Central Texas Leaf-Katydid (Red Katydid). She explains that in cyclical outbreak years like this one, the red form predominates. Thank you to Paul Alvarado Lenhart, ...

Creating Tomorrow’s Garden Today!

Thursday, June 7th, 2012 Posted in Insects, bees, books, bulbs, butterflies, caterpillars, garden design, garden designers, lawn replace, lawns, master gardeners, native plants, philosophy | 8 Comments »

Things have changed a lot since I was a kid and had the job to rake leaves from under shrubs to tidy up. As an adult, I’ve watched gardening philosophy among the backyard populace—mine included—gradually head back to the sustainable ...

Bee happy|Succulent strategies|Natural Bridge Caverns

Thursday, May 17th, 2012 Posted in Insects, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Late spring flowers, Tools, bees, butterflies, caterpillars, destinations, early spring flowers, fall plants, garden design, garden tools, lawn replace, native plants, poppies, roses, succulents, wildflowers, wildlife, winter color | 5 Comments »

One thing I love about wildlife is that they don’t mind if my garden gets a tad messy. As long as the place is clean (no pesticides), they’re going for the atmosphere—free food in a diner that's open all year. ...

Going a little wild

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012 Posted in Insects, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Late spring flowers, Tours, butterflies, destinations, disease, drought, garden design, lawn replace, mulch, wildflowers, wildlife | 10 Comments »

Here’s a good reason to plant native plants! This Monarch showed up for dinner on the coneflower. If it finds a date, maybe we’ll get eggs on our new milkweeds. In the back "prairie" of my garden, I'm so thrilled that ...