Archive for the ‘habitat’ Category

Patience is Worth Waiting For

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014 Posted in bees, early spring flowers, fruit trees, habitat, native plants, trees, wildlife | 10 Comments »

I swooned the first time I saw a native Mexican plum (Prunus mexicana) tree in bloom one February. A grower friend gave me a very small one, just as this native was making it into nurseries. February #6 came and went, no ...

A New Look at Grass

Thursday, February 6th, 2014 Posted in Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Texas A&M, birds, deer, destinations, groundcovers, habitat, lawn replace, native plants, pests, prairie, wildlife | 6 Comments »

My journey as a lawn whittler started long ago when I wanted visual sensation through plants that bring wildlife right to my garden doorstep. [caption id="attachment_11223" align="alignnone" width="530" caption="Texas betony and Golden groundsel"][/caption] I still have some lawn, but it’s whittled to ...

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 ...

Ready to go wild with a bigger picture?

Thursday, September 26th, 2013 Posted in Late spring flowers, Seeds, annuals, early spring flowers, fall plants, garden design, habitat, lawn replace, master gardeners, native plants, perennials, wildflowers | 6 Comments »

As we head into primetime seeding and transplanting, consider the holistic picture of wildlife food and habitat along with your on-going delight. Coneflowers shine in spring and again in fall. Their seeds feed little birds for months if you don’t ...