Category Archives: Plants

Crown of Thorns

As we move into the warmer (ahem, hot) months, we gardeners are busy filling our baskets, beds and pots with loads of blooming plants and when we are not, we are certainly day-dreaming about it.  Those vibrant flowers at the stores … Continue reading

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The Tulip Tree (Saucer Magnolia)

February is the magical time of year in North Texas when the Saucer Magnolia (Magnolia x soulangeana), or locally called, Tulip Tree, bursts with huge, 6-8 inch blooms in varying shades of pink against the otherwise barren winter landscape.  The tree’s timing, … Continue reading

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Non-Toxic Houseplants

This post is a quick turnaround response to my former article entitled, Houseplants to Brighten Your Winter.   You see, as a person who enjoys and respects all forms of nature, especially our children and pets, it was reasonably assumed I featured only … Continue reading

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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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Another Fall Favorite – Cape Honeysuckle

I recently came across another perfectly colored and timed blooming plant for fall:  Tecomaria capensis or, the commonly known, Cape Honeysuckle. It all started when, on the way home from a family Colorado road trip last June, we stopped in … Continue reading

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Fall Flowers, Foliage & Fruit

Below is an article I recently wrote for my workplace newsletter.  Although a bit premature, the subject hopefully be timely soon as we seek relief, even if only in the planning stages,  from the current heat spell here in North … Continue reading

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Irony of the Ice Plant

As I write this post, I admit I have a lot of trouble reconciling that a succulent preferring hot and dry conditions has the common name ice plant.  It simply does not compute!  However, after researching a bit I found the reason the … 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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Vincas for All Areas

You may be surprised to learn that Vincas, or Periwinkles, come in a variety of types and tolerances.  Whether you are looking for something to complement your containers or beds, in sun or shade, as an annual or perennial, there is a … 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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