Archive for January, 2012

When to prune|No lawn designs|oak wilt

Thursday, January 26th, 2012 Posted in Insects, bees, drought, garden design, garden designers, garden projects, lawns, native plants, pruning, trees, wildlife | 6 Comments »

We’re all just itching to prune! I love the winter cleanup to start the slate clean, but I won’t be pruning that thryallis just yet. Others, like Salvia greggii, should be pruned now. Whatever I prune, as I work around each ...

Soil drought recovery|tree decay|how low can it go?

Thursday, January 19th, 2012 Posted in Nurseries, bulbs, disease, drought, fall plants, garden design, garden designers, mulch, soil mixes, trees, winter color | 4 Comments »

Troublesome Central Texas weather does have its upside! Most winters, seasons converge with greenery and flowers, even as dormant perennials take a break. Early bird Paperwhite narcissus starts the bulb parade. Bees raced from one flower to another. Then they checked out The ...

Anticipation|Peach trees|Italian design|Insect control|Ponds

Thursday, January 12th, 2012 Posted in Insects, books, bulbs, fruit trees, garden bloggers, garden design, garden designers, ponds, trees, vegetables, winter color | 7 Comments »

Somebody thinks it’s spring! I treasure fragrant old-fashioned petunias for cascading perfume in my spring and summer patio containers. Warm winter days prompted an energetic splurge at the base of a potted sweet olive (Osmanthus fragrans). Since they’re hard to find, ...

Wildlife Winter Wonderland

Thursday, January 5th, 2012 Posted in Insects, bees, books, butterflies, garden projects, native plants, tomatoes, trees, wildlife | 7 Comments »

Okay, have you ever seen this before? A tomato sprouting from inside! JoAnn Nash from from the Round Rock ISD Opportunity Center sent us this picture of colleague Cindy Taylor's odd tomato. Here’s what happened. Last summer, Cindy’s air conditioner went ...