Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Notes to myself

So we have some pathways in our gardens that are just dirt. Which turns into mud when it rains. I decided I'd take the initiative and gather buffalograss (Bouteloua dactyloides) seeds, which I dropped along the paths. We shall see what happens. Hopefully, some germination.

When I was picking this afternoon, I spotted teeny tiny critters on a seedhead. Aphids! Very interesting......

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Saturday, November 13, 2021

You never know

This morning, James went with me to the Blanco Cemetery so I could take headstone photos for When we were done, I treated him to lunch at the DQ. On the way inside, I grumbled as I stepped over a glass bottle in the parking lot. On the way out, I stepped over it again. Only THIS time, I did the right thing and picked it up. My intention was to take it home for recycling. Well, I just happened to notice......
...that a mama green lacewing (Chrysoperla sp.) laid eggs on it! So I held it on the drive home and carefully laid it in a flower bed in our back yard. I'll recycle the bottle later!

Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Notes to myself

Last month on Facebook, I offered Edwards Plateau crestrib morning-glory (Ipomoea edwardsensis) seeds to anyone who lived within its native range. I shared seed packets with at least seven people. My crestribs produced a LOT of seeds this season so yesterday I spread some around our place. Like under the barbed wire fence on the Greenlawn Street easement and under lantanas and fragrant sumac in the Meadow. I'm hoping to help boost populations of this uncommon native species.

Saturday, October 23, 2021

Pick a peck load of peppers

Our chile pequin (Capsicum annuum) plants are LOADED this year. Not to mention, several of the plants are volunteers planted by birds. On that note, we've seen mockingbirds come through and swallow one little pepper after another. One time we counted at least nine peppers go down one mocker. But no mockingbirds around this year. So I've been picking and sharing peppers with friends. Lots of friends!

Monday, October 18, 2021

Eve's necklace

Just so you know, that's a freebie work T-shirt I found for James.

After seven hours of arduous work, James today got our Eve's necklace (Styphnolobium affine) in the ground. This pretty species was gifted to us by Matt Murrah, who tends his own native gardens in Duncanville. Here and there, I've given him plants from our yard. Anyway, the planting job took extra hours because James also installed fencing around the tree. According to what I read, deer like to nibble on leaves until the tree gets older and well established. Thank you, Matt! THANK YOU, JAMES!!!!!!!!!!!!

Prima Donna helped

Crag lilies in bloom

See the bee?