Archive for the ‘drought’ Category

New eyes & ideas at the San Francisco Garden Blogger’s Fling

Saturday, August 10th, 2013 Posted in Nurseries, destinations, drought, garden bloggers, garden bloggers on tour, garden design, garden designers, garden structure, lawn replace, perennials | 27 Comments »

I can’t believe I did it, but in June, I shut down three computers and left Greg in charge of bunnies, cats, dog, and garden watering to head to San Francisco for the annual Garden Blogger’s Fling! I was way overdue ...

Catching rain, aquaponics, squash pollination & nematode control

Thursday, June 20th, 2013 Posted in Summer plants, aquaponics, birds, butterflies, drought, garden designers, perennials, pests, plant propagation, rain catchment, rain water collection, urban farms | 4 Comments »

First, here’s something to cool down the dog days! It’s Salvia argentea, my first try at this low-growing fuzzy silver in the grinding hot cat cove, now well-amended with decomposed granite. In the front bed, I’m going for tall drama with equally ...

Native companions

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013 Posted in Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Late spring flowers, Seeds, Tools, Tours, annuals, bees, cat cove, drought, early spring flowers, garden bloggers, garden designers, habitat, lawn replace, native plants | Comments Off

Things are buzzing around here! Native Gulf penstemons absolutely suck in the bees. I have them everywhere, including the cat cove; not by my design, but by theirs. Like all parents, plants point their progeny in the right direction. I don’t mind ...

Drought disasters to avoid

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013 Posted in Summer plants, Techniques, butterflies, deer, drought, garden design, garden designers, habitat, lawn replace, native plants, shade plants, trees, wildlife | 15 Comments »

Drought doesn’t scare me to pieces. My plants have been through it all and always come back for more. Yes, I do water some, but not outrageously. I avoid thirsty ones and go for those that can take our brutal ...