Archive for the ‘mulch’ Category

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 ...

Planting for the future + Pecan trees + How Not to Kill a Tree, Pt. 2

Thursday, November 10th, 2011 Posted in destinations, fall plants, garden design, garden designers, mulch, native plants, trees | 15 Comments »

Gardening is all about planning ahead. When plants are tiny, sometimes it’s hard to imagine if things will really work out like you hope.  I feared that drought would defeat one of my visions: ‘Country Girl’ mums with native asters. ...