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Fuzzy Wuzzy Plants

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012 Posted in Insects, Summer plants, bees, birds, butterflies, caterpillars, companion plants, lawn replace, native plants | 8 Comments »

When it’s hot enough to scald our eyeballs walking across the street, garden fuzzie wuzzies tame our steaming souls.  Doesn’t this downy silk make you feel cooler already? As you can imagine, the purpose behind this floss inside milkweeds (Asclepia) is ...

Creating Tomorrow’s Garden Today!

Thursday, June 7th, 2012 Posted in Insects, bees, books, bulbs, butterflies, caterpillars, garden design, garden designers, lawn replace, lawns, master gardeners, native plants, philosophy | 8 Comments »

Things have changed a lot since I was a kid and had the job to rake leaves from under shrubs to tidy up. As an adult, I’ve watched gardening philosophy among the backyard populace—mine included—gradually head back to the sustainable ...

Bee happy|Succulent strategies|Natural Bridge Caverns

Thursday, May 17th, 2012 Posted in Insects, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Late spring flowers, Tools, bees, butterflies, caterpillars, destinations, early spring flowers, fall plants, garden design, garden tools, lawn replace, native plants, poppies, roses, succulents, wildflowers, wildlife, winter color | 5 Comments »

One thing I love about wildlife is that they don’t mind if my garden gets a tad messy. As long as the place is clean (no pesticides), they’re going for the atmosphere—free food in a diner that's open all year. ...

What do you know? Flowers!! + Remarkable Trees w/Matt Turner

Thursday, October 20th, 2011 Posted in Nurseries, books, caterpillars, fall plants, fertilizing, fruit trees, garden design, mulch, native plants | 10 Comments »

My, oh, my. Three days after the rain, I came home to a surprise: flowers! I almost fell over.  Though my oxbloods, tucked into plumbago, have yet to fail me. A week ago, the Salvia greggiis looked on their death bed. “Not ...