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Identify the busy bees in your garden, their clever tricks, and how to protect them with Beekeeper and Pollination Strategist Kellan Vincent. Find out more about bees at the San Marcos Area Bee Wranglers. On tour at Natural Bridge Caverns, see how what we pour on top of our gardens ends up in the aquifers. Daphne answers: why are fall-blooming plants flowering now? Her pick of the week is native perennial hibiscus, Texas Star hibiscus, a pollinator draw and brilliant stand-out in hot weather. Jeff Pavlat from the Austin Cactus & Succulent Society shows off his handy toolkit to tend spiky plants.
Grow up with gourds for flowers to attract pollinators, screen a fence, and make birdhouses, luffa sponges, and artful containers. Suzanne Haffey from the Capital of Texas Gourd Patch/Texas Gourd Society and Charlotte Yeisley from Diamond Y Farm in Smithville explain how to grow and craft with these historic plants. On tour, Hutto gardeners combine art, passion, and community in a healing garden at their historic home. Daphne explains when to prune spring flowering plants. Her pick of the week is Mexican honeysuckle, a hummingbird magnet for part shade. Lyda Guz from The Natural Gardener shows how to attract butterflies.
Preview the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center's Gardens on Tour for native plant and design ideas. On tour, see how Lynne and Jim Weber captivate wildlife in their small garden all year long. Daphne analyzes why a native winecup is dying from the center. Pick of the week is stunning summer annual, Celosiaspictata 'Flamingo Feather'. John Dromgoole picks the right mulch for your plants.
Find out what it takes to be a Texas Superstar plant! Brent Pemberton from Texas A&M, Texas AgriLife Research picks out a few that stood up to tough testing, like in your garden! Daphne features Texas sage (cenizo) another super shrub for drought and wildlife. She answers a viewer question: how should we clean or sterilize our pots? Trisha Shirey demonstrates how to divide container and garden plants.