Archive for the ‘winter color’ Category

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. ...

Read your garden’s rule book|Mueller restoration

Thursday, February 9th, 2012 Posted in bulbs, drought, garden design, native plants, philosophy, pruning, roses, winter color | 12 Comments »

Crazy days weather! Narcissus ‘Abba’ is an early performer, but a few weeks earlier this year. Primrose jasmine (Jasminum mesnyi) is a little ahead of schedule, too. It’s a bit early for silver germander (Teucrium fruticans), though flower “scouts” are not unusual. Generally, it ...

Soil drought recovery|tree decay|how low can it go?

Thursday, January 19th, 2012 Posted in Nurseries, bulbs, disease, drought, fall plants, garden design, garden designers, mulch, soil mixes, trees, winter color | 4 Comments »

Troublesome Central Texas weather does have its upside! Most winters, seasons converge with greenery and flowers, even as dormant perennials take a break. Early bird Paperwhite narcissus starts the bulb parade. Bees raced from one flower to another. Then they checked out The ...

Anticipation|Peach trees|Italian design|Insect control|Ponds

Thursday, January 12th, 2012 Posted in Insects, books, bulbs, fruit trees, garden bloggers, garden design, garden designers, ponds, trees, vegetables, winter color | 7 Comments »

Somebody thinks it’s spring! I treasure fragrant old-fashioned petunias for cascading perfume in my spring and summer patio containers. Warm winter days prompted an energetic splurge at the base of a potted sweet olive (Osmanthus fragrans). Since they’re hard to find, ...