Archive for July, 2010

Succulents for kids, Blocker’s garden tour, red oak troubles, beneficial wasps

Thursday, July 29th, 2010 Posted in garden design, succulents | 6 Comments »

My garden's a little out of control. It's kind of a big mess. Someone needs to keep an eye on things. For now, it can't be me. Workload is on steroids. So are the butterflies!  I guess it's a good way to ...

Useful wild plants, design tips, gazania troubles, bordered patch butterflies

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010 Posted in native plants | 13 Comments »

This is an absolute first for me. Columbine in mid-July! Now, it's normal for Zexmenia hispida to bloom in July. It would probably bloom a little more if I got out there and did some gentle shearing, especially since it's flopping ...

Crinums, what’s soil all about?, how to water

Thursday, July 15th, 2010 Posted in Uncategorized | 18 Comments »

Typically, my crinums bloom the first week of July. This year, 'Ellen Bosanquet' jumped the gun in June, but returned this week to avoid confusing the garden diary too much. In the cat cove, the mystery pink flowered for the second ...

Wicked plants

Thursday, July 8th, 2010 Posted in Uncategorized | 5 Comments »

After a rewarding  stint of raindrop refreshment, the sunshine on July 4 prompted a celebratory backyard parade. This Gulf fritillary was in the head car. In early morning, the cat perch turks cap patiently waited in the wings for the wings: butterflies, ...