Archive for the ‘Summer plants’ 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 ...

Catching the rain, tree problems, organic fertilizers

Thursday, July 12th, 2012 Posted in Summer plants, Tours, butterflies, compost, destinations, drought, fertilizing, master gardeners, mulch, native plants, organic fertilizers, patio plants, rain water collection, trees | 4 Comments »

In the wilt of weeks past, our desert willow (Chilopsis linearis) keeps pumping out a few flowers to please the hummingbirds that have finally shown up! Even though this native tree requires very little water and isn’t keen on soggy soils, ...

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 ...

Structure + Soft = Powerful Designs

Thursday, June 14th, 2012 Posted in Nurseries, Summer plants, drought, garden bloggers, garden design, garden projects, native plants, passalong plants, plant propagation, shade plants, tomatoes, vegetables | 16 Comments »

Although I’m fond of tidy, highly structural gardens, mine doesn’t make that list. I do have many non-fussy anchors, but I wouldn’t be content with an essentially static garden. I’m a drama queen and I like surprises! This sure was ...