One of my most romantic showoffs is native velvet-leaf mallow (Allowissadula holosericea) that flaunts big leaves and golden flowers at the back of a part-shade bed. Even temps below 30° didn’t bother it. Equally weather-resilient are my ‘Butterpat’ chrysanthemums (yes, mums!) blooming now to attract bees, butterflies, and tiny pollinators like hoverflies on warm days | read more →
There’s lots to like about rosemary, but my favorite is winter’s soft blue flowers that had bees humming this week. This one’s a prostrate variety. I don’t pluck the plump, little turk’s cap fruits, as tempting as they are. Certainly we can eat them, though I leave them for hungry critters who kindly plant the | read more →
encore date: December 14, 2019
original air date: October 5, 2019
How do we create nature and resilient, emotionally-resonant landscapes in planned environments? Thomas Rainer, Phyto Studio landscape architect, explores concepts from his book, Planting in a Post-Wild World: Designing Plant Communities for Resilient Landscapes. In Dripping Springs, home, family, and native plant habitat come together for Leah and Jon Gillum. Daphne shows off our viewer’s remarkable finds, including snail eggs and a closeup look at a hummingbird nest from eggs to nestlings. In John’s garden mailbox, you won’t find junk mail, just a useful stash of tools and supplies right where when you need them.
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.