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Spring into summer with gusto

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013 Posted in Late spring flowers, Nurseries, Summer plants, annuals, birds, butterflies, cat cove, companion plants, container gardens, garden art, garden designers, lawn replace, mulch, native plants, organic fertilizers, perennials, shade plants, tropical plants | 8 Comments »

Can you believe this? We’ve had spring (and winter!) longer than 15 minutes. Poppies keep popping up with spuria iris. I can’t have too many native winecups. In the cat cove, they team up with Gulf penstemon and Calylophus berlandieri ssp. Pinifolius. And ...

Like taking risks? Hey, you’re a gardener!

Thursday, April 11th, 2013 Posted in Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Late spring flowers, Nurseries, annuals, butterflies, container gardens, fall plants, garden art, garden bloggers, garden design, garden designers, lawn replace, mulch, native plants, perennials, roses, tropical plants | 12 Comments »

It’s natural to be a little wary when treading on new ground, especially when it means keeping something alive. My young Copper Canyon daisy (Tagetes lemmonii) gave me a scare last summer. Oh yes, we ARE taking risks ...

Excuse me, what season is this?

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013 Posted in Techniques, Tools, annuals, books, butterflies, children, early spring flowers, garden tools, indoor water catchment, pruning, rain water collection, roses, winter color | 7 Comments »

Okay, we’ve seen crazy winters before, but this really takes the cake: on the way to work, I spotted this Mexican tithonia blooming against stems blackened by freeze. This annual is usually toast long before now. But thanks to this weirdo ...

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 ...