Archive for the ‘butterflies’ Category

Wild Wonders + Meet the Beetles!

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014 Posted in Insects, Late spring flowers, butterflies, destinations, shade plants, wildflowers | 8 Comments »

I'd love to quilt my garden in winecups! I also adore this soft combination: heartleaf skullcap and artemisia dotted by wayward larkspurs. Soon the heartleaf goes underground until late fall and the larkspurs to seed. The voracious artemisia will cover the spot ...

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 ...