Archive for June, 2011

Wildlife summer survival tips

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011 Posted in Insects, bees, butterflies, cats, garden bloggers, native plants, photography, wildlife | 15 Comments »

Do you feel like this? This round, even my established natives are suffering. Fortunately, just like their roots are hardy in winter, they usually withstand drought like this, too. Though we're gleeful about this week's rain, the party's not over yet. My ...

Psychoactive plants with Susan Wittig Albert plus some of my own!

Thursday, June 16th, 2011 Posted in Insects, bees, books, garden design, native plants, shade plants | 9 Comments »

Every summer when the crape myrtle blooms, I remember the cold rainy November day I planted it, one month after we bought our house. Although we sat on our collegiate director’s chairs and dined on beans and rice, I had to ...

Summer romance, sizzling color, The Grackle on tour

Thursday, June 9th, 2011 Posted in Insects, Nurseries, Summer plants, garden bloggers, garden design, native plants, patio plants, tomatoes, vegetables, wildlife | 10 Comments »

I'm in love with my first little potatoes. I always get some from the compost pile, but these were "sort of" planned planting. I didn’t do this the right way at all. In late January, I had grocery store taters sprouting. ...

Feeding wildlife; Pond Society tour; periwinkle rot

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011 Posted in Summer plants, Tours, bees, butterflies, disease, garden design, native plants, wildlife | 6 Comments »

I love free plants. These sunflowers sprouted from bird seed. I have no luck at all with the gorgeous hybrids, but without doing a thing, I get a wall of sunflowers all summer for bees and birds. We’re loving watching the lesser ...