Archive for June, 2012

Texas Tall Tales: insects, design, and a story for the whole family!

Thursday, June 28th, 2012 Posted in Insects, bees, books, butterflies, children, compost, garden design, native plants, roses | 4 Comments »

Texas doesn’t wimp around. We’re in a state of perpetual extremes: weather, flowering cycles, and insects. One giant you’re lucky to find in your compost pile are these guys, like in Daphne’s healthy compost bin. This week, Daphne introduces us to ...

Wicked (and wonderful) Bugs

Thursday, June 21st, 2012 Posted in Insects, Texas A&M, books, butterflies, garden design, garden designers, master gardeners, native plants, plant propagation, pruning, succulents | 7 Comments »

We’ve been invaded! At least temporarily. This week on CTG, Daphne identifies the culprit: the Central Texas Leaf-Katydid (Red Katydid). She explains that in cyclical outbreak years like this one, the red form predominates. Thank you to Paul Alvarado Lenhart, ...

Structure + Soft = Powerful Designs

Thursday, June 14th, 2012 Posted in Nurseries, Summer plants, drought, garden bloggers, garden design, garden projects, native plants, passalong plants, plant propagation, shade plants, tomatoes, vegetables | 16 Comments »

Although I’m fond of tidy, highly structural gardens, mine doesn’t make that list. I do have many non-fussy anchors, but I wouldn’t be content with an essentially static garden. I’m a drama queen and I like surprises! This sure was ...

Creating Tomorrow’s Garden Today!

Thursday, June 7th, 2012 Posted in Insects, bees, books, bulbs, butterflies, caterpillars, garden design, garden designers, lawn replace, lawns, master gardeners, native plants, philosophy | 8 Comments »

Things have changed a lot since I was a kid and had the job to rake leaves from under shrubs to tidy up. As an adult, I’ve watched gardening philosophy among the backyard populace—mine included—gradually head back to the sustainable ...