Archive for April, 2012

Superstar plants

Thursday, April 26th, 2012 Posted in Insects, Late spring flowers, Texas A&M, bees, butterflies, destinations, drought, fall plants, garden design, roses, wildlife | 6 Comments »

I love it when cloudy days in spring fool the fall asters (and many autumn perennials) to bloom along with the larkspurs. Even though we got a break this winter with rain and mild temperatures, the insects got a break too.  ...

Obsessed With Fascinating Plants

Thursday, April 19th, 2012 Posted in Late spring flowers, Vines, books, bulbs, cat cove, drought, fertilizing, musical terra cotta pots, orchids, patio, patio plants, roses | 29 Comments »

Plants fascinate me! With no internet connection whatsoever, they know exactly what to do when the time is right. My Byzantine gladiolus corms  always greet winter with tidy upright leaves.  They time their vivid flowers for April to make sure ...

Plants that survived the Texas Two-Step: Freeze and Drought

Thursday, April 12th, 2012 Posted in Late spring flowers, Nurseries, books, bulbs, cat cove, drought, early spring flowers, garden design, garden designers, garden projects, native plants, passalong plants, roses, succulents, trees, wildlife | 10 Comments »

Although my spuria iris flowers astound me just once a year, they do it every year—drought, flood, or freeze—since Scott Ogden shared a few divisions with me years ago. My garden is resilient, too, thanks to the words he’s shared with ...

Plants that fooled drought

Thursday, April 5th, 2012 Posted in Late spring flowers, Nurseries, drought, garden design, lawn replace, native plants, plant propagation, roses | 12 Comments »

Yessiree, we all got spring early when many plants bloomed a month ahead of schedule. But I got one last blast with this Dutch iris on April 1. Guess it wanted to fool us. Peggy Martin is not fooling around this ...