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Calling all Bees, Butterflies, and Hummingbirds

My neighbor’s native desert willow (Chilopsis linearis) is certainly an emissary for a drought-tough, airy-leaved small tree! Enticing deep tubular bell-shaped flowers (color depends on variety) herald bees, butterflies and hummingbirds to these warm weather blossoms. Nearby, wavy flags of Texas native Oenothera lindheimeri complement its vase shape. If you’re thinking Guara lindheimeri, it’s the | read more →

In Rain or Drought

Could you hear me whooping about last Saturday night’s rain? Even my drought-hardiest were gasping until thankful drenches. And bingo! Rain lilies Zepharanthes ‘Labuffarosa’ jumped up on cue. These flowers are only about 3″ wide. Patio containers took on a new day with leaves and roots refreshed. Here we’ve got Mangave ‘Bloodspot’, native Hibiscus martianus, | read more →

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Butterfly Plants for the Bees’ Needs!

encore date: May 30, 2020

original air date: January 11, 2020

The National Butterfly Center in Mission is a 100-acre wildlife center and native species botanical garden dedicated to the conservation and study of butterflies. Since many butterfly plants support bees, too, Executive Director Marianna T. Wright and nursery manager Stephanie Lopez hone in on a few to add to your habitat garden. In Leander, Betty Saenz converted lawn into water conserving wildlife habitat and romantic outdoor living.  Daphne highlights ice sculptures on native frostweed and how to grow this pollinator plant. Plus, see whether to divide a young citrus tree with two stems. John pumps up plant foliage with variegated choices indoors and out.

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Tom Spencer update:

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

5150 North AW Grimes Blvd.
Round Rock, TX 78665

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June 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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