Archive for April, 2013

Native companions

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013 Posted in Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Late spring flowers, Seeds, Tools, Tours, annuals, bees, cat cove, drought, early spring flowers, garden bloggers, garden designers, habitat, lawn replace, native plants | Comments Off

Things are buzzing around here! Native Gulf penstemons absolutely suck in the bees. I have them everywhere, including the cat cove; not by my design, but by theirs. Like all parents, plants point their progeny in the right direction. I don’t mind ...

Fruits of our labors even if some took “almost” a century

Thursday, April 18th, 2013 Posted in Agave celsii, Late spring flowers, agaves, disease, fruit trees, garden design, native plants, poppies, succulents | 11 Comments »

I’m always so glad when the Byzantine gladiolus flowers this time every year. But doesn’t that face look a tad grumpy? Starting from just three or so pass-alongs corms, it multiplies every year, so it’s actually very happy! Maggie rose is looking ...

Like taking risks? Hey, you’re a gardener!

Thursday, April 11th, 2013 Posted in Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Late spring flowers, Nurseries, annuals, butterflies, container gardens, fall plants, garden art, garden bloggers, garden design, garden designers, lawn replace, mulch, native plants, perennials, roses, tropical plants | 12 Comments »

It’s natural to be a little wary when treading on new ground, especially when it means keeping something alive. My young Copper Canyon daisy (Tagetes lemmonii) gave me a scare last summer. Oh yes, we ARE taking risks ...

Minus Lawn Equals Plus

Thursday, April 4th, 2013 Posted in Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Late spring flowers, annuals, bees, birds, books, bulbs, compost, early spring flowers, fertilizing, garden bloggers, garden designers, garden structure, keyhole gardens, lawn replace, master gardeners, native plants, organic fertilizers, perennials, poppies, roses, vegetables, wildlife | 10 Comments »

My knee can tell you how much grass I’ve dug up over time! My shovel moans, too, if we count the holes we’ve dug to fill the blanks. Actually, one shovel committed suicide. The pain is worth the gain, like ...