Archive for the ‘habitat’ Category

Shade, insects, drought: what’s buggin’ you?

Thursday, June 5th, 2014 Posted in Insects, bees, bulbs, caterpillars, drought, garden designers, groundcovers, habitat, lawn replace, perennials, pests, shade plants | 2 Comments »

Like us, rain lilies jumped for joy with the recent deluge. When my Habranthus robustus seeds dry, I’ll spread them around. In the meantime, I’ll swat eager beaver mosquitoes. I’m thrilled that Michelle Pfluger from Green ‘n Growing in Pflugerville introduced ...

Let’s Go Wild with Plants & Ponds

Thursday, May 29th, 2014 Posted in Tours, children, container gardens, fairy gardens, garden clubs, garden structure, habitat, lawn replace, organic fertilizers, patio plants, ponds, shade plants, water features, young gardeners | 3 Comments »

Rudbeckia and beebalm (bee balm): What a pleasing combination for us and the wildlife. Even better, this cheery team was planted by the children at Oak Hill Elementary! At home, my Peter’s Purple beebalm finally settled in after Daphne ...

Express Yourself + Pond from Swimming Pool

Thursday, May 1st, 2014 Posted in Vines, bees, garden art, garden structure, habitat, house plants, plant propagation, ponds, water features, wildlife | 6 Comments »

Like the paint and furniture we pick inside, gardens are snapshots of ourselves. I like bold surprises, so am thrilled that Amaryllis ‘San Antonio Rose’ joined the bulb parade this week. I wish I were indeed bold enough to paint my ...

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 ...