Archive for the ‘native plants’ Category

Are You Afraid of Butterflies?

Thursday, October 10th, 2013 Posted in Summer plants, books, butterflies, drought, early spring flowers, fall plants, garden design, habitat, lawn replace, native plants, shade plants, trees, wildlife | 4 Comments »

Lepidopterophobia: Fear of butterflies. Hmm, hard to imagine. I DO know that caterpillars scare the garden pants off some folks. But the stork didn’t bring this Swallowtail larva to the dill at Travis County Extension. Another fear: tidiness in all ...

Ready to go wild with a bigger picture?

Thursday, September 26th, 2013 Posted in Late spring flowers, Seeds, annuals, early spring flowers, fall plants, garden design, habitat, lawn replace, master gardeners, native plants, perennials, wildflowers | 6 Comments »

As we head into primetime seeding and transplanting, consider the holistic picture of wildlife food and habitat along with your on-going delight. Coneflowers shine in spring and again in fall. Their seeds feed little birds for months if you don’t ...

Summer standouts and problems

Thursday, August 1st, 2013 Posted in Crinum lilies, Summer plants, bulbs, container gardens, native plants, patio plants, perennials, shade plants, tropical plants | 4 Comments »

Thanks to a bit of rain, lagging plants responded ASAP. Rain lilies, like these Zephyranthes chlorosen, popped out all over town. Cenizos are in flamboyant mode, too, including my white version of ‘Silverado.’ And ‘Convent’. I'm crazy about this combination of ...

Cute Overload That Matters: Kids & Wildlife

Thursday, June 13th, 2013 Posted in Insects, Late spring flowers, Summer plants, children, crafts, garden bloggers, garden designers, garden projects, habitat, herbs, native plants, perennials, recipes, wildlife | 4 Comments »

I’ve never been afraid of spiders since I read Charlotte’s Web as a kid. In fact, I veer around their intricate knitting so I don’t mess it up. Selfishly I hope the spiders mess it up themselves with a few leaf-footed ...