Archive for the ‘butterflies’ Category

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, ...

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 ...

Garden fiesta and Viva Tequila!

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013 Posted in Summer plants, Techniques, agaves, annuals, bees, birds, books, butterflies, garden design, perennials, succulents | 5 Comments »

What’s your favorite garden color or combination? Mine change with the season, week, and even the hour. Right now, it’s hard to resist that current cat cove combo—how’s that for alliteration—pink rock rose (Pavonia lasiopetela) and Calylophus berlandieri, where sun ...