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Plants that Multitask

Thursday, October 30th, 2014 Posted in bees, bulbs, butterflies, destinations, fall plants, garden bloggers on tour, garden structure, healing gardens, herbs, lawn replace, master gardeners, native plants, ponds, rain water collection, wildlife | No Comments »

We know it’s not good to multitask, though plants do it all the time without winding up in a straitjacket. This firebush, (Hamelia patens) gladly screens a patio, feeds all kinds of bees—including carpenter bees—and sustains hummingbirds, too. Everybody's thrilled that ...

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 ...

Scootin’ into Summer

Thursday, May 8th, 2014 Posted in Crinum lilies, Nurseries, Summer plants, annuals, container gardens, cut flowers, herbs, roses | 2 Comments »

Jerusalem sage, like this one at Georgetown’s Monument Cafe, loves that the heat is on. Not so my Angelica pachycarpa. Its glossy foliage dominated a wide spot under a deciduous tree all winter. Soon, its leaves will ornament the compost pile. ...

Defiant roses, pruning Texas sage, fertilizer, African violets

Thursday, February 20th, 2014 Posted in Texas A&M, books, bulbs, fertilizing, house plants, organic fertilizers, pruning, roses | No Comments »

Ouch! Is that how you feel when our dormant muscles get a workout pruning dormant plants? My Narcissus ‘Erlicheer’ cheered me on, though I’m not EVEN close to the finish line. But let’s not go insane about hedging Texas sage ...