Category Archives: Insects

Houseplants to Brighten Your Winter

While I pondered a topic to write about as we were enduring a few days of twenty degree temperatures here in North Texas recently, I looked around and began to admire the thriving houseplants I had surrounded myself with both at … Continue reading

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Summertime & Shasta Daisies

To me, daisies are the flowers that best represent summertime.  Just as tulips speak of spring and chrysanthemums of fall, daisies speak to the lazy and hazy warm days of midyear. Shasta daisies are among my favorite of this family for … Continue reading

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It’s OK to Allow Plants to Bolt Sometimes

It’s OK to allow plants to go to bolt sometimes, such as when annuals are just past their prime season but not quite spent enough to pull.  If you are unfamiliar with bolting, it is the phase in a plant … Continue reading

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The Great Fall Monarch Migration

There is something amazing happening in the North Texas area right now:  The annual fall monarch butterfly migration into Mexico. Last weekend, I saw multitudes of monarchs making a pit stop at my home, which is about 3 miles east … Continue reading

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Animal Idioms

Before I left on vacation,  I witnessed a dove at my bird feeder “ruffle up his feathers” toward a very aggressive blue jay. This brought to mind an idea I’ve had on the back-burner – to talk about some of … Continue reading

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Anoles

First of all, thank you for bearing with me as I slowly transfer my previous blog posts onto my new WordPress site.  I will not get into the details here, but it takes more than simply cutting and pasting! At … Continue reading

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The Noble Vitex

Originally Published June 2011 When I first moved into my home about 19 years ago, the yard had very little in the way of landscaping and trees. Today I have several varieties of oak trees scattered around the front and … Continue reading

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Heavenly Honeysuckle

Originally published April, 2011   This week I have repeatedly caught myself reminiscing about simpler days – the days of my youth. I realize people generally become more retrospective during times of crises; life-changing events that are either joyous such … Continue reading

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Lovely Lantana

Originally posted April 2011 After we celebrate a late Easter holiday this weekend, we can begin to think about what we’d like to plant for summer color in our landscapes. By May 1st, most of our perennials should be showing … Continue reading

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What’s Eating Your Petunias?

 Originally posted July 2012  Golden-Mantled Ground Squirrel at Seven Falls in Manitou Springs, Colorado   Photo by Cindy Pierce June 2012 The above photo is by far one of my favorites of all time. I took it a few weeks ago … Continue reading

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