Archive for November, 2012

Words That Make a Gardener

Monday, November 19th, 2012 Posted in Techniques, bees, compost, drought, lawn replace, perennials, roses, round table, vegetables, wildlife | 10 Comments »

What makes up a gardener’s vocabulary?  We’ll just skip over the ones unfit for a family blog! I’ll start with Endurance, since that defines most of us after a Texas summer. Change. If that one’s missing, I suspect it’s a painting, ...

Groundcovers made for the shade; spiritual healing garden

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012 Posted in Techniques, companion plants, container gardens, crafts, drought, fall plants, garden design, groundcovers, healing gardens, lawn replace, philosophy, shade plants | 35 Comments »

Is it true? Is fall here at last? In any case, ‘Butterpat’ chrysanthemum is ready! Since we’re finally around the heat bend, it’s time to plant. This week Daphne explains why we should firm the soil around our plants. Why is ...

How does a garden grow?

Thursday, November 8th, 2012 Posted in bees, butterflies, chickens, compost, cover crops, fall plants, garden bloggers, garden design, garden designers, garden projects, lawn replace, mulch, native plants, plant propagation | 10 Comments »

Often I’m asked, “How do people have such great gardens? I can NEVER do that.” Well, yes you can! All it takes is patience, a plan, personality, and passion. Oh, and lots of blisters. Now, this is not to say that ...

Get the story on understory trees and plants

Thursday, November 1st, 2012 Posted in Insects, bees, birds, butterflies, caterpillars, garden bloggers, garden design, garden projects, lawn replace, native plants, trees, wildlife | 9 Comments »

Lavender and silver, what a great duo!  But this hoverfly wasn’t zooming in to admire ‘Helen von Stein’ lamb’s ears; it was going for lunch on the asters (Aster oblongifolius). Thanks, Meredith O'Reilly, for reminding me! The fall-blooming asters join almost ...