Archive for April, 2011

A little native, a little not + Wildflower Center Gardens on Tour

Thursday, April 28th, 2011 Posted in Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Late spring flowers, garden design, native plants, philosophy, wildflowers | 6 Comments »

Look what the Easter bunny brought! According to Scott Ogden's book, Southern Bulbs for the South, this could be Zephyranthes drummondii (formerly Cooperia pedunculata). I've planted many rain lilies over the years, with such erratic success that I lose track. This ...

Joys and Perils of Zone-Pushing

Thursday, April 21st, 2011 Posted in Insects, Late spring flowers, books, butterflies, daylilies, garden design, tomatoes, wildflowers, wildlife | 13 Comments »

As gardeners, we tend to do a little zone-pushing, from ornamentals to vegetables (like playing weather Russian Roulette with early tomato planting). But no matter what comes our way, my evergreen, no-name daylilies from a little nursery years ago don’t ...

Fragrance, flavor + fun with gourds

Thursday, April 14th, 2011 Posted in Late spring flowers, bees, cat cove, chickens, garden design, native plants, patio, roses | 14 Comments »

Since my roses are trouble-free, I’m on aromatic overload without worrying that soon I’ll be under work overload. If I dally about dead heading my Marie Pavie rose framing the patio, doesn’t matter much. Blackspot never blackens my on-going view, either. On ...

Bee ecstatic; citrus tips; backyard chickens

Thursday, April 7th, 2011 Posted in Insects, Late spring flowers, bees, chickens, garden design, garden projects, poppies, wildflowers, wildlife | 12 Comments »

Bee ecstatic, even with one little flower. Here’s a bee honing in on Gulf Coast penstemon (Penstemon tenuis).  Beyond, Salvia microphylla 'La Trinidad Pink' got its turn later. For dessert, they hit the pink evening primrose, (Oenothera speciosa), a native wildflower that ...