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Bluebonnets in July, Plumerias, Asters Yellow Disease

The big question every spring: “When will bluebonnets bloom?” So, what about July? Yep, these bluebonnets at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center jumped out early for a rare sight—cozying with native Zexmenia (Wedelia acapulcensis var. hispida), typically dormant in bluebonnet spring. Last fall when a viewer’s bluebonnets showed up in October, Daphne told us, | read more →

Evolved to be Small: Tiny Plants with Leslie Halleck

What does “small plant” mean to you?” Heartleaf rosemallow (Hibiscus martianus) is certainly smaller than five-foot-tall ‘Moy Grande’ hibiscus with its dinner-plate-sized flowers. Instead, its heart-stealing crimson blossoms barely span two inches. Compact at 2-3’ tall, it’s native to South Texas, so I keep it in a winter-protected container on my morning sun patio. Many | read more →

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Flashy Plants for Splashy Summer

encore date: May 22, 2021

original air date: June 8, 2019

Icy drinks, cool swims, and sizzling grills mean that summertime’s here for sure. Pop hot color into outdoor “livin’ is easy” with Casey Aicklen from Barton Springs Nursery, including the oft-asked question, “How to keep bougainvilleas blooming?” Caterpillars love summer, too! Daphne identifies butterfly larvae instars chomping on fennel and parsley and Genista Broom moth caterpillars on mountain laurel. John shows the difference between fungal disease and insect damage. On tour in rocky Cedar Park, Robert Jennings re-created a honeymoon paradise every day for wife Deborah and their daughter Calli Avery-Faith.

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Tom Spencer update:

Tom suffered a massive stroke in September. Please send cards (no food) to:

Tom Spencer #209
Auberge Assisted Living
14058A Bee Cave Parkway
Bee Cave, TX 78738

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August To Do List

This month's tips for how to care for your plants, pruning, fertilizing, lawn care, and preping for your garden. Read the entire to do list.

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