Category Archives: Interesting Facts/Thoughts

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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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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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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Oxalis – One of Many Shamrocks

As I was browsing the floral department of my local grocery store for fresh tulips, I saw the cutest display of potted “shamrocks” all dressed up for St. Patrick’s Day.  I had to purchase one for my office of course … Continue reading

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Cat Grass

Since most of us are in the midst of winter and our lawns are yellow, brown or bare, our outdoor and indoor/outdoor cats may not have much greenery to partake of.  While the jury is out regarding the benefits of … Continue reading

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Sometimes it’s a Nut, but Most Times it’s Not!

This post, although timely as we enter the holiday cooking season, was prompted by a colossal fever blister outbreak I experienced last week.  Statistics state 50 – 80% of US citizens have had outbreaks of these blisters caused by one … Continue reading

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Blooming Texas Sage – A Sign of Rain?

As I drove to work a couple of weeks ago, I noticed the Texas Sage shrubs in my neighborhood were ablaze with purple blooms. At first, I thought only a few were blooming along the right-of-way, but as I meandered … Continue reading

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Pink Muhly Grass

We have a couple of nice-looking medium-sized terra-cotta pots situated on either side of our patio.  The pots are in front of two columns that provide the “entrance” onto our outside dining area.  The pots receive full sun year ‘round … Continue reading

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The Language of Flowers

The gifting of plants and flowers to represent love, honor celebrations, and soothe those in mourning has its roots in ancient traditions. In Victorian times, when public display of affection was frowned upon, suitors would send specific messages of their … Continue reading

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Rapid Radishes

  I believe the quickest and easiest germinating vegetable, by far, is the radish. You can plant the seed one day and three days later you will have a nice row of tiny green sprouts. Not only is the radish … Continue reading

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