Archive for the ‘drought’ Category

My Psycho Path Update + Getting Started with Mary Irish

Friday, November 8th, 2013 Posted in Techniques, books, bulbs, drought, garden projects, lawn replace, native plants, perennials, psycho lighting | 2 Comments »

Just when I thought I had a handle on soil, weather, and drought-wise seasonal combinations, along comes psycho lighting! Here’s the latest rendition of our den path, a 2012 project to dump the dead grass in the stretch alongside the ...

Drought: not out of the woods with our trees

Thursday, October 24th, 2013 Posted in drought, garden designers, trees | 2 Comments »

Thanks to cool weather and restorative rain, weary plants rebounded to attend my garden's fall prom. My native evergreen sumac (Rhus virens) is in high gear, pumping out flowers and fruits for wildlife, joined by Mexican redbud to the right. According to ...

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 ...

National Butterfly Center, icebox pickles, sun scald, habitat makeover

Thursday, September 19th, 2013 Posted in annuals, bees, birds, butterflies, destinations, drought, fall plants, habitat, lawn replace, recipes, trees, wildlife | 4 Comments »

Before we head to the garden, let’s go to the kitchen, where Trisha makes absolutely delish easy icebox pickles! I couldn’t resist making a batch, flavored with garlic, hot peppers, and some really good dill seed from Penzeys’ Austin location. Oops, ...