Archive for July, 2014

What’s in a Name? Actually, a LOT!

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014 Posted in botany, hummingbirds, native plants, perennials, wildlife | No Comments »

Hummingbird bush. Can we even count how many plants have that name? Well, here’s one: Dicliptera suberecta. Indeed, its summer flowers do attract hummingbirds. Dicliptera is also called Mexican honeysuckle. Ah, and SO is Justicia spicigera. Neither are honeysuckle vines; perhaps the ...

Bromeliads, No-Lawn Design, Plant Secrets

Thursday, July 24th, 2014 Posted in books, botany, bottle trees, bromeliads, garden art, garden rooms, garden structure, house plants, lawn replace, plant propagation, vegetables, wildlife | 2 Comments »

Ever noticed how some plants turn their flower heads to the sun? Daphne explains this phenomenon: heliotropism or phototropism. “Basically, certain cells in the plant, like in sunflowers, at the base of the flower, respond to the blue wavelength of ...

Triple P: Popsicles, Pesticides, Pond Care

Thursday, July 17th, 2014 Posted in Insects, Nurseries, garden designers, groundcovers, native plants, ponds, recipes | 2 Comments »

Forecast: hot & icky, with more to come. Along with jumping into the nearest pool, cool down with home-made popsicles! Hey, much cheaper than moving to Alaska. Trisha Shirey shows how to make yummy, healthy versions. And they’re so ...

Pedal for Compost, Exotic Edibles, Summer Projects

Thursday, July 10th, 2014 Posted in Late spring flowers, compost, garden projects, native plants, urban farms, vegetables | 4 Comments »

Since July is great for tackling the non-sweaty projects on our list, this week see how to make magic out of plain concrete sculptures, pavers, and benches. I tapped Merrideth Jiles for this one since years ago he gave my concrete ...