My namesake bloomed this week!
This daylily in the den bed companions the orange theme.
When I got it years ago, it was simply called ‘Tawny.’ This could be the “ditch lily” (Hemerocallis fulva) but mine isn’t invasive.
The white mistflowers, also called boneset (Ageratina havanensis) are growing like crazy and flowering way ahead of their fall schedule. I’m adding more!
Yarrow (Achillea millefolium), one of the first natives I planted, is another pollinator love. It runs like crazy, but the delicate ferny foliage is quite a distinctive counterpoint to brisker leaves. And you can’t beat its tenacity in drought, freeze, flood!
Here’s another orange for you, Mexican honeysuckle (Justicia spicigera), a true draw for hummingbirds. On Daphne’s Pick of the Week, she explains how to grow it in your shady spots. Viewer Nancy Yerks sent in this from her garden, photographed by friend Bob Phillips.
She moved them from a former garden and last year they were a little slow to establish. They’re now quite at home in the southwest corner of her garden where they get shade from a cedar elm. Mine are still young and will take another season to fill my partly shady areas and look like these in Paul Lofton’s garden!
On Backyard Basics, Lyda Guz from The Natural Gardener steps in front of the CTG cameras for the first time to share her passion about plants for butterflies!
Many of her selections attract other pollinators, too. Plus, she reminds us to plant larval food hosts to invite your “happy hour nectaring” adults to lay some eggs for a return audience in a few months.
Lyda explains how to make a simple puddling spot, which butterflies love to nab some water and salt. Ripe fruit is a bonus. Another shot from Paul Lofton’s garden.
Gourds are another way to attract pollinators with their summer flowers that turn into cool things we can use! This week, Tom joins Suzanne Haffey from the Capital of Texas Gourd Patch/Texas Gourd Society and Charlotte Yeisley from Diamond Y Farm in Smithville to explain how to grow and craft with these historic plants.
Meet Charlotte and her husband Ed at the River Valley Farmers’ Market in Smithville for their organic produce. Or head to Smithville and ask for the Diamond Y Ranch for a personal tour, where they’re growing lots of gourds and vegetables.
Find out more about how to grow gourds and prep them for crafts with Trisha Shirey.
On tour, we head to Hutto for a healing garden that celebrates family, community, and wildlife after a scrape with cancer.
In my garden, I’m doing lots of touch-up pruning right now. What do you need to do? Get Daphne’s answer on how/why/when to prune and how to fertilize as we head into the heat.
See ya next week! Linda