Archive for the ‘trees’ Category

National Butterfly Center, icebox pickles, sun scald, habitat makeover

Thursday, September 19th, 2013 Posted in annuals, bees, birds, butterflies, destinations, drought, fall plants, habitat, lawn replace, recipes, trees, wildlife | 4 Comments »

Before we head to the garden, let’s go to the kitchen, where Trisha makes absolutely delish easy icebox pickles! I couldn’t resist making a batch, flavored with garlic, hot peppers, and some really good dill seed from Penzeys’ Austin location. Oops, ...

Commander Ben, Teenaged Invasive Plant Warrior + Benini

Thursday, September 12th, 2013 Posted in Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, compost, destinations, garden art, house plants, invasive plants, perennials, trees, wildlife | 7 Comments »

When I started gardening, ligustrums, nandinas, and Japanese honeysuckle were common garden fare. No question that they thrive under tough conditions, but they also swallow up diverse native plants that support our wildlife. Even before destructive exotic invasives hit the ...

Love + Joy = Sharon Lovejoy & Dirty Birdie Fun!

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013 Posted in Insects, birds, books, garden bloggers, garden projects, habitat, master gardeners, trees, vegetables | No Comments »

When it’s this hot & icky, what fun to get a rain lily surprise, even when it hasn’t rained! Boo, will it ever again? My little garden team will make it through this misery, despite the 6 p.m. weariness. ...

Drought disasters to avoid

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013 Posted in Summer plants, Techniques, butterflies, deer, drought, garden design, garden designers, habitat, lawn replace, native plants, shade plants, trees, wildlife | 15 Comments »

Drought doesn’t scare me to pieces. My plants have been through it all and always come back for more. Yes, I do water some, but not outrageously. I avoid thirsty ones and go for those that can take our brutal ...