Archive for the ‘pests’ 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 ...

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 ...

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 ...