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Spanish/Mexican Melting Pot Gardens and Food

Thursday, September 11th, 2014 Posted in books, garden design, garden rooms, garden structure, garlic, herbs, lawn replace, patios, water features | 2 Comments »

How did Spanish and Mexican designs influence our garden melting pot? To celebrate Hispanic Heritage month on PBS, we look at a few contributions, like plazas, courtyards and our own patios to extend living space. First, let’s answer Daphne’s viewer question from ...

Bromeliads, No-Lawn Design, Plant Secrets

Thursday, July 24th, 2014 Posted in books, botany, bottle trees, bromeliads, garden art, garden rooms, garden structure, house plants, lawn replace, plant propagation, vegetables, wildlife | 2 Comments »

Ever noticed how some plants turn their flower heads to the sun? Daphne explains this phenomenon: heliotropism or phototropism. “Basically, certain cells in the plant, like in sunflowers, at the base of the flower, respond to the blue wavelength of ...

Cheers! Amy Stewart & Lucinda Hutson

Thursday, June 12th, 2014 Posted in books, garden designers, garden rooms, garden structure, groundcovers, habitat, lawn replace, plant uses, shade plants, succulent flowers | 1 Comment »

What a show we’ve had with skyrocketing succulents! Yucca rostratas at Habanero Mexican Café synchronized their traffic-stopper explosion. We know that some agaves die after blooming, like Randy Case’s Agave victoriae-reginae. But what about yuccas and sotols (Dasylirion wheeleri) like this one ...

Defiant roses, pruning Texas sage, fertilizer, African violets

Thursday, February 20th, 2014 Posted in Texas A&M, books, bulbs, fertilizing, house plants, organic fertilizers, pruning, roses | No Comments »

Ouch! Is that how you feel when our dormant muscles get a workout pruning dormant plants? My Narcissus ‘Erlicheer’ cheered me on, though I’m not EVEN close to the finish line. But let’s not go insane about hedging Texas sage ...