Jannie Vaught Most of the stone fruit trees are budding and many in flower. The Blue Bonnets are showing with their bright blue sparkles. I didn’t realize how color hungry I had become, then the first flowers and the Bonnets show and I think I’ve been living in black and white. I have 2 subjects […]
Poisonous Plants & Their Use Throughout History Michael Brown Pen and Sword Books. Paperback £16.99 ISBN 1526708388 I once turned up at a client’s garden to find foxgloves growing amongst the cut-and- come-again lettuce. Horrified, I carefully weeded them out, but decided I couldn’t be sure I’d found them all. The whole plot had to […]
By Jannie Vaught For this gardener, it is the first to plant in January through February and the reason we prepared our soil and it is now ready to receive the starts. Your Local Feed stores have them in now. For our growing area, they are Short Day onions. LLano Feed and Supply in LLano […]
However he is tempted, the gardener should never claim “there’s never been a winter like this one”. Every one is unique, with highs and lows and perhaps wild swings from the average, but there’s something unusual and much that is typical in every season. The one that is now thankfully past was very typical, with […]
Expert answers to your herb-growing questions. Q. This year I want to grow some of my herb plants from seeds. What are the steps to starting seeds over the winter? A. Seed starting is like baking bread- you need the right mix of ingredients, the right temperature, and viable yeast. In the case of seed starting, the […]
A noticeable, fine web may be present on your Palo Verde trees (Parkinsonia spp.) and even from time to time on the Whitethorn Acacia (Vachellia constricta syn. Acacia constricta). This “webbing” is produced by the Palo Verde webworms often called Palo Verde webbers. The webworm is a small caterpillar that feeds on the leaves and occasionally the bark […]
Agnes the garden gargoyle is looking rather miffed with the snow building up around her. I think she’s giving me the stink eye each time I look at her in her winter garb, undoubtedly trying to tell me that she’s more a fan of daylilies and peonies than snow. Poor girl’s going to be perturbed for several more weeks I’m afraid.
Garden Revolution: How Our Landscapes Can Be a Source of Environmental Change is one of several recently published books addressing the “whys” and “hows” of sustainable, naturalistic garden plantings