Archive for the ‘mulch’ Category

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, ...

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 ...

My big reduce lawn renovation: before and after!

Thursday, March 29th, 2012 Posted in Late spring flowers, garden design, garden projects, lawn replace, lawns, mulch, poppies, wildflowers | 60 Comments »

For years, we’ve planned to install large stone paths where our feet pound the soil every day. Intent turns into action when grass-killing drought prods inertia. Although I’ve hauled a ton of stones in my car, this time I turned ...

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 ...